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Jacobs, Ken 1933-

Overview
Works: 76 works in 149 publications in 3 languages and 2,768 library holdings
Genres: Experimental films  History  Drama  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Interviews  Educational films  Internet videos  Short films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Director, Author, Interviewee, Editor, Film editor, Scenarist, Producer
Classifications: PN1995.9.E96, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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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 365 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 295 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 by Mary Jordan( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 162 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
What is cinema?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chuck Workman is best known for creating unforgettable Oscar montage sequences and for his award-winning documentaries. Here he demonstrates his command of cinematic language, creating a visual essay out of clips from films that pushed the boundaries of the art form and gave us ideas of what the future might hold. Includes new and archival interviews with eclectic filmmakers
Tom, Tom, the piper's son by Ken Jacobs( Visual )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 103 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 by Ken Jacobs( Visual )

7 editions published in 2005 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise its story is told by director Ken Jacobs but without the conventional storyline. Using a modified magic lantern, an early type of image projector developed in the 17th century, he morphs, flickering images that look like photo-negatives. This is accompanied by industrial sound and music provided by John Zorn and Ikue Mori
New York ghetto fishmarket 1903 : nervous system 3D by Ken Jacobs( Visual )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on a 1903 recording of a fishmarket in New York's lower east side, by Thomas Edison
Fabriques du cinéma expérimental by Éric Thouvenel( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in French and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comment vivent et travaillent, à l'" ère du numérique ", les cinéastes expérimentaux? Qu'en est-il de leur attachement à la matérialité de l'objet-film? Quels sont leurs outils, leurs rapports à la création, leurs manières de penser, de fabriquer et d'habiter les images et les sons? Comment financent-ils leurs projets? Quel regard portent-ils sur leur parcours et sur les mutations décisives que connaît aujourd'hui le cinéma, y compris " expérimental ", envisagé dans sa dimension esthétique, pratique, technique, économique et institutionnelle?
Star spangled to death : 1957-59, 2003-04 by Ken Jacobs( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 22 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
WVLNT : Wavelength for those who don't have the time by Michael Snow( Visual )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 16 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 ..."
Blonde cobra( Visual )

5 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in English and held by 14 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
Razzle dazzle : the lost world( Visual )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 12 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
Capitalism : slavery( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using flickering 19th century stereoscopic images, Ken Jacobs explores some truths and illusions about capitalism. The work examines the image of slaves picking cotton with an overseer on horseback in the background
Treasures( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of avant garde films preserved by the Library of Congress
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

Let there be whistleblowers: A train passes though a tunnel and hurtles on to a station. Time and space are toyed with, things enter an impossible state of ongoing movement while going nowhere. The actual tunnel experience sets off a metaphysical one. Composed to the first part of "Drumming" by Steve Reich
Free radicals by Len Lye( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Qu'est-ce que le cinéma expérimental ? Avec malice, humour et poésie, Pip Chodorov invite ses amis cinéastes, Hans Richter, Peter Kubelka, Ken Jacobs, Jonas Mekas, Maurice Lemaître, Stan Brakhage, et bien d'autres, à évoquer leur travail et retrace cent ans d'histoire de l'avant-garde tout en évoquant son rapport personnel à cet art, à ces films et images ayant forgé son existence."
Tom Tom the piper's son( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Star spangled to death : 1956-60, 2003-04( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 5 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. A handful of artists costumed and performing unconvincingly appeal to audience imagination and understanding to complete the picture. Jack Smith's pre-FLAMING CREATURES performance as The Spirit Not Of Life But Of Living (the movie has raggedly cosmic pretensions), celebrating Suffering (rattled impoverished artist Jerry Sims) at the crux of sentient existence, is a visitation of the divine."--Ken Jacobs website
Pushcarts of eternity street( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1903 hand/horse drawn street carts on New York's Lower East Side. Tiny movements evolve in place, caught between 2-D and 3-D."
 
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Jack Smith and the destruction of Atlantis
Alternative Names
Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs American filmmaker

Ken Jacobs Amerikaans filmregisseur

Ken Jacobs réalisateur américain

Ken Jacobs regista statunitense

Ken Jacobs US-amerikanischer Filmkünstler

Кен Джейкобс

كين جاكوبس

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Optic antics : the cinema of Ken Jacobs