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|Document Type:||Visual material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Ken Jacobs; Flo Jacobs; Jordan Meyers; Judy Dauterman; Scot Olive; American Mutoscope and Biograph Company.; Amazon.com (Firm)
|Notes:||This disc is a recorded DVD and may not play on all DVD players or drives.
Tom, Tom, the piper's son first released in 1969 and revised in 1971.
Includes the short film A Tom Tom chaser (11 min.): "Rank Cintel optical scan improvisation with Scot Olive, Tape House, NY, 2002."
|Credits:||Photography, Ken Jacobs, editor, Ken Jacobs.|
|Awards:||Added to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2007.|
|Description:||1 videodisc (122 min.) : si., b&w with color sequences ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Contents:||Tom, Tom, the piper's son (115 min) --
A Tom Tom chaser (10 min.).
|Other Titles:||Tom Tom chaser.|
|Responsibility:||Ken Jacobs ; assisted [by] Flo Jacobs, Jordan Meyers, Judy Dauterman.|
"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.
"A Tom Tom chaser: (10 min, 2002, silent): An electronic riff on "Tom, Tom, the piper's son". Inspired by watching Scot Olive, master technician at The Tape House (now Postworks), zip forward and back on their Spirit scanner. I asked Scot if we could record some of this electronic scribbling incidental to film-to-digital transfer. Sure, he said, and I stood cheering him on to wilder aberrations. What we got is pretty much what you see here, less some judicious excisions."--Ken Jacobs.