One would be hard-pressed to think of anyone who has done more to champion underground film than the self-proclaimed “raving maniac of cinema” Jonas Mekas. His long list of achievements include pioneering the ”film diary” form, his Movie Journal column for the Voice, and co-founding several institutions dedicated to avant-garde filmmaking. One of those institutions is, of course, Anthology Film Archives, which is celebrating his birthday this month with Jonas Mekas Turns 90!, a look at his lesser-known works with introductions from scholars, critics, and filmmakers. It starts tonight with his most recent feature My Paris Movie, his tribute to the City of Light. Upcoming highlights include his short Web video of director Harmony Korine, a video record of Allen Ginsberg’s wake in 1997, and the NY premiere of his 2005 documentary on Martin Scorsese.

Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Dec. 17. Continues through Dec. 23, 2012