WorldCat Identities

Jacobs, Ken 1933-

Works: 77 works in 126 publications in 3 languages and 2,492 library holdings
Genres: History  Experimental films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Short films  Filmed interviews  Film clips 
Roles: Author, Interviewee, Director, Editor, Film editor, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1995.9.E96, 791.4375
Publication Timeline
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 303 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 159 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 128 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 )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 72 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
Celestial subway lines salvaging noise by Ken Jacobs( Visual )

6 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 )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 48 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 29 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 )

3 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 )

4 editions published between 1963 and 2015 in English and held by 13 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"
Razzle dazzle the lost world( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 10 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 )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 9 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
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
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
Free radicals a history of experimental film by Pip Chodorov( 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."
WVLNT Wavelength for those who don't have the time by Michael Snow( Visual )

1 edition published in 1967 in English and held by 6 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 ..."
Tom Tom the piper's son( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Doctor's dream( Visual )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacobs creates a film about the nature of cinema by re-editing a conventional short narrative film. The original work is a cliched melodrama about the life of a kindly country doctor who saves a sick child with a new vaccine. The film was based on a painting entitled "The Doctor" exhibited in the Tate Gallery, London. Jacobs subverts the story and breaks down the narrative into a vocabulary of gestures, expressions, props and plot devices. A subliminal subtext emerges revealing the sexual overtones in the relationship between the doctor and his young patient
Pushcarts of eternity street( Visual )

2 editions published in 2006 and held by 3 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

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