- Ken Jacobs
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A rare chance to see one of Ken Jacobs' Nervous System Film Performances in which, using his own specially developed projection system, he presents a revelatory exploration of the duo's BERTHMARKS.
Featuring Jack Smith
1. Saturday Afternoon Blood Sacrifice (1956)
2. Little Cobra Dance (1956)
3. Hunch Your Back (1963)
4. Death Of P'Town
The first two shorts were shot around Jack's loft on Reade Street on two 100' rolls (Sunday morning, following Saturday's sacrifice, I saw there was another 50' left) in an impromptu way very different from my initial fastidious art-film approach. I would never be an art-film true-believer again. In 1963 a snatch of Saturday Afternoon....was shown on TV when I was somehow invited to participate in a TV quiz program called Hunch Your Back. (Back Your Hunch?)
After years of shooting my raging epic Star Spangled To Death starring Jack as The Spirit Not of Life But of Living, and after a few months of being on the outs with each other, we got together for one last stab at friendship and at another film in Provincetown, Summer 1961. --K.J.
"Material was cut in as it came out of the camera, embarrassing moments intact. 100' rolls timed well with music on old 78's. I was interested in immediacy, a sense of ease, and an art where suffering was acknowledged but not trivialized with dramatics. Whimsy was our achievement, as well as breaking out of step."-K.J.