Jonas Mekas, Filmmaker/Archivist. Interview Production at Mekas’ Anthology Film Archive, New York City.
“So, we began screening films at the Filmmakers Showcase in ’62, ’63, and that’s where a lot of early Warhol films were shown. At first, he made a series of “Kisses”, usually projected before our main program, whatever it was. And that is also where “Sleep” was also premiered in, I think, that was already in 1963. Andy was there at the screening, and as a joke, because everybody said, “Who could sit through six hours, a long film, you know, now, you know, it’s very normal, not in ’63. So, as a joke, I got a rope, and I tied Andy to the chair (laugh) as people said, “You should see it yourself, you better not leave it.”