Films in ‘Ken Jacobs focus’
Polemics on IceKen Jacobs IFFR 2004 65′
The very first chance to see one of Jacobs live Nervous System Magic Lantern performances in Europe. The manipulation of pure light and dark, the essence of cinema, to create enchantment and astonishment.
Ontic Antics Starring Laurel and HardyKen Jacobs IFFR 2004 80′
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.
Star Spangled to Death - Part 2Ken Jacobs IFFR 2004 200′
The WhirledKen Jacobs IFFR 2004 19′
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.