Meeting Jim

He dined with The Beatles and shacked up with the Rolling Stones. He rubbed shoulders with soul diva Mama Cass, folk troubadour Leonard Cohen and a fledgling Pink Floyd. He was a figurehead for a new generation of playwrights. After he was stopped at Munich airport with a bag full of blank ‘world passports’, he lectured bewildered German border police about the virtues of “world Government”.

Today, at 83, Jim Haynes just won’t slow down: this ‘godfather of social networking’ organises open dinners every Sunday night in the Parisian artist studio that’s been his home for the past 50 years. Total strangers, unknown both to him and to each other, meet in his living room and Jim’s friends show up to cook cheerfully for crowds of 60 or more. It’s simple: you sign up, you come over, you meet Jim. As he once said: “My home is a World Government Embassy that never closes.”

Meeting Jim composes an impressionistic portrait of Jim Haynes the man and the cultural phenomenon, as seen by the many and diverse people whose lives have been touched by his. The film is a hymn to the lasting spirit of the 60s, an inspirational living proof of how we can all chose to live on the bright side: to Jim, the choice is ready-made: “Life is short: we have a duty to enjoy ourselves”.

Data sheet

Ece Ger

76’

2018

Society and Human Interest

Rights: Selected territories

Produced by Ece Ger, Marta Benavides Hidalgo
Co-producers: Rainer Kölmel, Basak Othan Kocaoglu

Turkey, Spain, Germany, UK

English, French

Edinburgh International Film Festival Official Selection 2018 (UK)
Valladolid International Film Festival 2018 (Spain)
Prague Fringe Festival 2019 (Czech Republic)
Hof International Film Festival 2018 (Germany)

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