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Jacobs, Ken 1933-

Overview
Works: 113 works in 166 publications in 2 languages and 1,812 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Art  Catalogs 
Roles: Director, Editor, Film editor, Scenarist, Producer
Classifications: PN1995.9.E96, 791.4375
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Most widely held works by Ken Jacobs
Treasures IV American avant garde film, 1947-1986 ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents 26 films by artists who helped to redefine cinema. Shows an array of film types and styles, from abstract animation to documentary and balances acknowledged classics with rediscoveries. The films are drawn from the preservation work of five of America's foremost avant-garde archives: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anthology Film Archives, The Museum of Modern Art, The New York Public Library, and The Pacific Film Archive. None of the titles has been available before on good-quality video in the United States
Momma's man ( Visual )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bumped from a flight back to Los Angeles and his life, Mikey returns to his childhood home, a cluttered Manhattan loft presided over by his bohemian parents. His mother tells him he may stay as long as he wants. What begins as a respite from adult responsibility becomes a premature mid-life crisis. Re-installed in a house saturated with two generations of bric-a-brac evoking days gone by, Mikey starts to regress and drift back to an awkward youth he never outgrew
Jack Smith and the destruction of Atlantis ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of interviews and clips by and about the revolutionary American artist Jack Smith. Filmmaker, actor, and pioneer of underground cinema, he is generally acclaimed as a founding father of American Performance Art, and has been critically recognized as a master photographer. The film also delves into Smith's tenuous relationship with Andy Warhol -- who adopted Smith's ideas in his own work. Pays homage to New York's ultimate anti-hero and the original King of the Underground
Social values and solar energy policy the policy maker and the advocate by Avraham Shama ( Book )
4 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tom, Tom the piper's son ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This videocassette release of the 1969 silent experimental film by Ken Jacobs, begins by presenting the entire eight-shot, 10-minute 1905 short film Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son, and then rephotographs it in detail. Segments of the original are run in slow motion, rerun in detail, and enlarged into close-ups and freeze frames. Jacobs photographs the screen, the projector the film is playing on, and at one point torments us with 10 minutes of blur as images slip off the sprocket holes. The entire film is an act of imaginative rediscovery of "the vivacious doings of persons long dead," as Jacobs once put it, as well as being an exploration of the nature of cinematic storytelling
Celestial subway lines salvaging noise ( Visual )
4 editions published in 2005 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A composite of four live improvised Nervous Magic Lantern performances given at Anthology Film Archives, New York
New York ghetto fishmarket 1903 nervous system 3D by Ken Jacobs ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Based on a 1903 recording of a fishmarket in New York's lower east side, by Thomas Edison
Tom, Tom, the piper's son ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Tom, Tom, the piper's son (115 min, 1969, silent except for projector at beginning and end): Ghosts! Cine-recordings of the vivacious doings of persons long dead. Preservation of their memory ceases at the edges of the frame. One face passes "behind" another on the two-dimensional screen. Seven infinitely complex cine-tapestries indicate a narrative-path not taken. My camera closes in to better see the action, playing with fate, taking advantage of the loop-character of all movies. I see a person, confused, suddenly looking out of an actor's face. But I want to show another kind of screen-action, to "bring to the surface" that multi-rhythmic collision and contesting of dark and light two-dimensional force-areas struggling edge to edge for identity of shape. To get into the grain pattern itself, unique to each frame, each cold still, stirred to life by a successive 16-24 fps pattering on our retinas. The grains! the grains! collaborating unknowing to form the always-poignant-because-always-past illusion."--Ken Jacobs
Star spangled to death 1957-59, 2003-04 ( Visual )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH is an epic film shot for hundreds of dollars! combining found-films with my own more-or-less staged filming, it pictures a stolen and dangerously sold-out America, allowing examples of popular culture to self-indict. Racial and religious insanity, monopolization of wealth and the purposeful dumbing down of citizens and addiction to war oppose a Beat playfulness ..."--Director's statement from the film's website
For life against the war ... again a collective outcry ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1967, with the Vietnam War escalating wildly, an invitation was issued to filmmakers to create works running under three minutes in protest against the accumulating carnage. The original organizers chose the rubric For Life, Against the War, and eventually compiled sixty films from the likes of Robert Breer, Shirley Clarke, Storm De Hirsch, Ken Jacobs, Larry Jordan, Jonas Mekas, Stan Vanderbeek, and many others. Now, decades later, an invitation to protest yet another war seemed sadly urgent, inspiring the New York Film-Makers Cooperative to ring the clarion once " ... Again." The response was overwhelming, with submissions from several generations of artists unified by a singular disgust for the war in Iraq and the foreign policy that perpetuates it. Compiled with works from the overtly angry to the formally forceful, For Life, Against the War boldly announces that artists can take a stand, again and again"--Steve Seid, Curator, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley Art Museum
Blonde cobra ( Visual )
3 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A man fondles objects, looks at himself in the mirror, poses in different clothes, smiles and makes faces at the camera while his voice on the soundtrack speaks of his despair, makes impressionistic statements and little songs, quotes Greta Garbo and Maria Montez, tells the story of a lonely little boy and (in drag) tells the story of a woman (Madame Nescience) who dreams of herself as the mother superior of a convent of sexual perversion"--www.imdb.com
Dispersal of roadway salts : final report by Maine ( Book )
1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tom, Tom, the piper's son by Ken Jacobs ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2008 in 3 languages and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This DVD release of the silent experimental film by Ken Jacobs begins by presenting the entire eight-shot, 10-minute 1905 short film Tom, Tom, the piper's son originally produced by American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. The filmmaker then rephotographs it in detail; some segments are run in slow motion, some enlarged, some in freeze frame, etc. Two color sequences were also added
Razzle dazzle the lost world ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Extended length remake of a short film made by Thomas Edison in 1903. Jacobs uses various digital technologies and effects to break apart and remake the original
The hidden public costs of low-wage jobs in California by Carol Zabin ( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hidden cost of Wal-Mart jobs : use of safety net programs by Wal-Mart workers in California by Arindrajit Dube ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Let there be whistleblowers Ontic antics starring Laurel and Hardy ; bye, Molly ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ontic antics starring Laurel and Hardy; bye, Molly: Hardy walked a thin line between playing heavy and playing fatty. Laurel adopted a retarded squint, with suggestions of idiot savant. Their characters were at sea, clinging to each other as industrial capitalism was breaking up and sinking. Beautiful losers, they kept it funny, buoying our spirits. Laurel and Hardy ... forever. Laurel and Hardy, 1929, enter into a further phase of enchantment in this cine-pyrotechnic Freudian send-up, its coda in a unique 3-D
Wavelength by Michael Snow ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents a room in which a dozen businesses have lived and gone bankrupt. A summation of the film-maker's nervous system, religious inklings, and aesthetic ideas. He planned "a time monument in which the beauty and sadness of equivalence would be celebrated, thinking of trying to make a definitive statement of pure Film space and time ..."
Return to the scene of the crime by Ken Jacobs ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Ken Jacobs writes, "In 1969, Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son seized me, with a new film (as I said then) almost incidentally a result. Placing the 1905 Mutoscope original in the computer allows for an unbounded freedom of study and playfulness. Now I seize the film, introducing a quasi-3D and strange time-dimension, the Eternalism. Far more is revealed (the stealing of the pig!) and, joined to sound, the old movie even tells a new story. This is how the film begins, duck-on-a-leash to Little Bo Peep to the revealing of the too-busy full stage-set. Each gets their close-up and the many choreographed incidents happening together, and impossible to sort out, are given time out of the welter of events to shine. While it seems a mistake to break apart the wonderful muchness of the original, it's fun to see one action centered while others we've become familiar with repeat around it in the grand clockwork mechanism that is cinema. Actions made familiar take off into abstract permutations, veering in and out of recognition. God appears, centering the commotion, but splits when the crowd deserts his act to go after Tom."--Electronic Arts Intermix website
Anaglyph Tom : Tom with puffy cheeks ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A 3-D reworking of the artist's film Tom, Tom, the Piper's son
 
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