Ken Jacobs

Opening The Nineteenth Century: 1896 (1899) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Including 50 filters; plus $5 for each additional packet of 50 filters. 3-D utilizing Pulfrich Effect (filters supplied; standard projection). Film is symmetrical and can be shown from either end. Cinematographers: Eugene Promio, Felix Mesgusch, Francis Doublier. Cinémathèque Française places originals, perhaps exposures from cameras in motion, to 1896. Shafting the screen: the projector beam maintains its angle as it meets the screen and keeps on going, introducing volume as well as light, just as the Paris, Cairo, and Venice of a century ago happen to pass. 3-D Instructions To Viewer: Passing through the tunnel mid-film, a red flash will signal you to switch your single Pulfrich filter from before your right eye to before your left (keep both eyes open). Center-seating is best: depth deepens viewing further from the screen. Handle filter by edges to preserve clarity - Either side of filter may face screen. Filter can be held at any angle, there's no "up" or "down" side. Also, two filters before an eye does not work better than one, and a filter in front of each only negates the effect. Suggestion To Film Curators: pass scotch-tape dispensers through audience - an inch of tape will hold a filter to an eyebrow.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ken Jacobs

Whirled, The (aka Four Shorts of Jack Smith) (1961) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 19 min

Genre: Experimental

The following four films include early images of Jack Smith. 1. Saturday Afternoon Blood Sacrifice (1956) 2. Little Cobra Dance (1956) 3. Hunch Your Back (1963) 4. Death of P'Town (1961) The first two sections were shot around Jack's loft on Reade Street on two 100' 16 mm. rolls. Sunday morning, following Saturday's sacrifice, I saw there was another 50 feet left. In an impromptu way very different from my initial fastidious art-film approach, I quickly filmed Jack on the roof alongside his loft. The results had us falling onto the floor and I would never be an art-film true-believer again. 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--summer of '61 in Provincetown--for one last stab at friendship and the making of a film. In 1963, a snatch of Saturday Afternoon Blood Sacrifice was shown on TV. I had somehow been invited to participate in a TV quiz program called Back Your Hunch. (Or was it Hunch Your Back?)

Rental: $90.00 (16mm, DVD)
16mm Rental: $90.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs's Blu-Ray Compilation #1 (2006-2011) Blu-Ray Disc, color and b/w, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

Blu-Ray Compilation of these Ken Jacobs titles: CAPITALISM: SLAVERY, THE SURGING SEA OF HUMANITY, CAPITALISM: CHILD LABOR, ANOTHER OCCUPATION. Search each individual title for more information.

DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00 Blu-Ray

16mm Sale: $300.00 Blu-Ray

Ken Jacobs

Blonde Cobra (1963) 16mm, color & b/w, 33 min

Genre: Experimental

Featuring Jack Smith *Images gathered by Bob Fleischner, sound-film composed by Ken Jacobs. "Jack says I made the film too heavy. It was his and Bob's intention to create light monster-movie comedy. Two comedies, actually, two separate stories that were being shot simultaneously until they had a falling-out over who should pay for the raw stock destroyed in a fire started when Jack's cat knocked over a candle: Jack claimed it was an act of God. in the winter of '59 Bob showed me the footage. Having no idea of the original story plans I was able to view the material not as the fragments of a failure, of two failures, but as the makings a new entirety. Bob gave over the footage to me and with it the freedom to develop it as I saw fit. I think it was in late 1960 that Jack and I ignored our personal animosities long enough to record his words and songs for the sound track. The phrases he repeated into the tape recorder were mostly ones I'd at some time heard him say; most were pet phrases he loved to recite, over and over, his lessons. A very few I made up in his stlye. The procedure for recording his monologues and songs. I played him selections from my 78 collection, music from the '20's and '30's, sometimes only the beginning of a record and if he liked it would restart the record and immediately record. I don't think there was a second take of anything Any lack of clarity is due to the very second-rate equipment, third-rate, fourth-rate, we were using. I play the harp for the Madame Nescience monologue. Jack supplied the Arabic music, there's also some SAFARI IN HIFI; a Villa-Lobos string quartet speeded up; a haunting section of a children's 45. . . 'Baby Wants To Sleep". A small amount of my own previous shooting was cut into the film, the short 'drowning in newscience' color sequence near the beginning. BLONDE COBRA is an erratic narrative -no, not really a narrative, it's only stretched out in time for convenience of delivery. It's a look in on an exploding life, on a man of imagination suffering pre-fashionable lower East Side deprivation and consumed with American 1950's, 40's, 30's disgust. Silly, self-pitying, guilt-structured and yet triumphing-on one level-over the situation with style, because he's unapologetically gifted, has a genius for courage, knows that a state of indignity can serve to show his character in sharpest relief. He carries on, states his presence for what it is. Does all he can to draw out our condemnation, testing our love for limits, . . . enticing us into an absurd moral posture the better to dismiss us with a regal 'screw-=off'." -K. J. Projected quarterly at The Anthology Film Archives of New York

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Ken Jacobs

Little Stabs At Happiness (1963) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Featuring Jack Smith. Material was cut in as it came out of the camera, embarrassing moments intact. 100' rolls timed well with music on old 78s. 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.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Ken Jacobs

Baud'larian Capers (1963) 16mm, DVD NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Bob Fleischner was an open and shut case. Utterly open, utterly unfathomable. It took awhile to fixate on him but then I got drawn in. --K. J.

Rental: $90.00 (16mm), 60.00 (DVD)
16mm Rental: $90.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $60.00

Ken Jacobs

Window (1964) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

The moving camera shapes the screen image with great purposefulness, using the frame of a window as fulcrum upon which to wheel about the exterior scene. The zoom lens rips, pulling depth planes apart and slapping them together, contracting and expanding in concurrence with camera movements to impart a terrific apparent-motion to the complex of the object-forms pictured on the horizontal-vertical screen, its axis steadied by the audience's sense of gravity. The camera's movements in being transferred to objects tend also to be greatly magnified (instead of the camera the adjacent building turns). About four years of studying the window-complex preceded the afternoon of actual shooting (a true instance of cinematic action-painting). The film exists as it came out of the camera barring one mechanically necessary mid-reel splice. --K. J.

Rental: $36.00
16mm Rental: $36.00

Ken Jacobs

Sky Socialist, The (1965) DVD NTSC, color, 90 min

Genre: Experimental

The film is in sections to be shown separately; this is the central, longest "panel", within which the story can be said to be complete. It is a story of impossible love that emerges through the preoccupation with space and pattern shaping by way of camera-manipulation; my appoach to film is that of a painter (abstract-expressionist) rather than dramatist. Other sections are asides, obsessions with details, excursions. (...) --K. J.

Rental: $270.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $270.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $500.00

Ken Jacobs

Winter Footage, The (1984) 16mm, color, 42 min

Genre: Experimental

(...) The impossible gathering about the fire of irreconcilable entities... I'd heard about a peace beyond understanding and I was trying for it (in real life I want no reconciling of Nazis and Jews as such). I needed a break from what I knew. I was interested in composing film only inasmuch as it served to compose me. It was my film, my necessary respite dream. (...) --K. J.

Rental: $129.00
16mm Rental: $129.00

Ken Jacobs

Airshaft (1967) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Experimental

Single fixed-camera take looking from within darkened room, (camera within a camera) out through fire-escape door into vertical space between rears of downtown N. Y. loft buildings. A potted plant, fallen sheet of white paper, cat rests on the foreground door-ledge. The flow of the image is interrupted, partially and then wholly dissolving into blackness; the picture reemerges, the objects smear, somewhat double, edges break up... and again the serene image scintillatingly looms into view. Focus shifts abruptly between foregroun and background planes, creating a strong volume-illusion. The fragile image then shines forth for one last time before dying out. --K. J.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Ken Jacobs

Soft Rain (1968) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Three identical prints of a single 100 ft. fixed-camera take are shwon from beginning to end-roll light-flare, with a few feet of blackness preceding/bridging/following the rolls. View from the above is of a partially snow-covered low flat rooftop receding between the brick walls of two much taller downtown N. Y. loft buildings. A slightly tilted rectangular shape left of the center of the composition is the section of rain-wet Reade Street visible to us over the low rooftop. Distant trucks, cars, persons carrying packages, umbrellas sluggishly pass across this little stage-like area. A fine rain-mist is confused, visually, with the color emulsion grain. A large black rectangle following up and filing to space above the stage-area is seen as both an unlikely abyss extending in deep space behind the stage or more properly, as a two dimensional plane suspended far forward of the entire snow/rain scene. Though it clearly if slightly overlaps the two receding loft building walls the mind, while knowing better, insists on presuming it to be overlapped by them. (At one point the black plane even trembles). So this mental tugging takes place throughout. The contradiction of 2D reality versus 3D implication is asuminglyand mysteriously explicit. Filmed at 24 f. p. s. but projected at 16 the street activity is perceptively slowed down. It's become a somewhat heavy laboring. The loop repetition (the series hopefully will intrigue you to further run-throughs) automatically imparts a steadily growing rhythmic sense of the street-activities. Anticipation for familiar movement-complexes builds, and as all smaller complexities join up in our knowledge of the whole the purely accidental counter-passings of people and vehicles becomes satisfyingly cogent, seems rhythmically structured and of a piece. Becomes choreography. --K. J.

Rental: $48.00
16mm Rental: $48.00

Ken Jacobs

Nissan Ariana Window (1969) DVD NTSC, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

NISSAN ARIANA WINDOW is 3/4's of our daughter's name. She was just kid when these pictures were taken. Some were taken before she was born: pregnant Flo together with pregnant cat China sunning themselves under the skylight. Andrew Noren likes the movie. --K. J.

Rental: $42.00
16mm Rental: $42.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $200 (Blu-Ray)

Ken Jacobs

Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son (1969) 16mm, color & b/w, 115 min

Genre: Experimental

"Cinematography ass't., Jordan Meyers. Negative-matching assistance by Judy Dauterman. Original 1905 film shot and probably directed by G. W. 'Billy' Bitzer, rescued by Kemp Niver via a paper print filed for copyright purposes with the Library of Congress. Reverently examined here, a new movie almost incidentally comes into being. Ghosts! Cine-recordings of the vivacious doings of persons long dead. The preservation of their memory ceases at the edges of the frame (a 1905 hand happened to stick into the frame. . . it's preserved, recorded in a spray of emulsion grains). One face passes 'behind' another on the two-dimensional screen. The staging and cutting is pre-Griffith. Seven infinitely complex cine-tapestries comprise the original film and the style is not primitive, not uncinematic, but an inspired indication of a path of cinematic development whose value has only recently been rediscovered. My camera closes in only to better ascertian the infinite richness (playing with fate, taking advantage of the loop-character of all movies, recalling and varying some visual complexes again and again for particular savoring), searching out incongruities in the story-telling (a person, confused, suddenly looks out of an actor's face), delighting in the whole bizarre human phenomena of story-telling itself and this within the fantasy of reading any bygone time out of the visual crudities of film: dream within a dream! And then I wanted to show the actual present of film, just begin to indicate its energy. A train of images passes like enough and different enough to imply to the mind that its eyes are seeing an arm lift, or a door close: I wanted to 'bring to the surface' that multi-rhythmic collision-contesting of dark and light two-dimensional force-areas struggling edge to edge for identity of shape. . . to get into the amoebic grain pattern itself-a chemical disdispersion pattern unique to each frame, each cold still. . . stirred to life by a successive 16-24 f. p. s pattering on our retinas, the teeming energies elicited ( the grains! the grains!) then collaborating, unknowling and ironically, for form the always-poignant-because-always-past illusion. Important: this film MUST be projected BIG and BRIGHT and IN FOCUS" -K. J Projected quarterly at The Anthology Film Archives of New York

Rental: $270.00
16mm Rental: $270.00

Ken Jacobs

Globe (1971) 16mm, color, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

(previously titled: EXCERPT FROM THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION) Normal Projection. Flat image (of snowbound suburban housing tract) blossoms into 3D only when viewer places Eye Opener before the right eye. (Keeping both eyes open, of course. As with all stereo experiences, center seats are best. Space will deepen as one views further from the screen.) The found-sound is X-ratable (not for children or Nancy Reagan) but is important to the film's perfect balance (GLOBE is symmetrical) of divine and profane. --K. J.

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00

Ken Jacobs

Urban Peasants (1975) 16mm, color & b/w, 60 min

Genre: Experimental

Filmed by Stella Weiss and family, chanced assembled by Ken Jacobs from uncut 100-foot lengths. Alternating sound and image. Image must travel at silent speed. Sound o tape precedes and follows silent image. 40 minutes film plus ca. 12 minutes sound. My wife Flo's family as recorded by her Aunt Stella. The title is no intended put-down but a simple statement of fact, as I see it. Brooklyn was a place made up of many little villages; a near-shtetl is pictured here all in the space of a storefront. --K. J.

Rental: $90.00
16mm Rental: $90.00

Ken Jacobs

Jerry Takes a Back Seat, Then Passes Out of the Picture (1987) 16mm, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

In an earlier film, STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH, I demonstrated how the cosmos turns on the fact of Jerry Sims. I'd been attending his school-of-scuffed-shoes majoring in Simsism. One day scuffing midtown (or were we strolling on the capsizing Titanic?) the master was pulling choice items from pockets stuffed with obituary pages when we met his father. Popeye doesn't chance upon Pappy and let things pass. Jerry was flailing and spitting, disassociatively screaming small talk at him as the old man turned to politely aghast me: "Look at him. He had the brains of an Einstein. He could draw all the funnies. What happened?" olive Oyl might've replied, "If we knew the answer to that we'd know the answer to everything!"Later I'd veer off just as the answer was coming to me. It'd taken on the shape of The Black Hole. A Black Hole approaches in a curious way, edges dropping away until it gets to you. I got the idea and I graduated. --K. J.

Rental: $33.00
16mm Rental: $33.00

Ken Jacobs

Doctor's Dream, The (1978) 16mm, black and white, 23 min

Genre: Experimental

THE DOCTOR'S DREAM, not the title of the found film as originally made for television... the editing device was to count the number of shots and start the film off with numerically middle shot and then, after that, the shot that had preceded it, and the shot that had followed it, and keep fanning further and further out until you saw the first shot of the film followed by the last shot, which was of the painting the movie is based on... It's called 'The Doctor;' it's in the Tate Gallery in London... and it has an interesting subliminal image appropriate to my discovery, via this reconstruction, of the real story of the film. A powerful sexual event was hidden within its banality. Maybe without intention, but it's what was gripping in the movie, if ever the movie was gripping. And now in the painting, seen from a little distance, the doctor contemplates the sleeping girl with, you don't have to agree with me, his curled fist doubling as a penis entering his mouth (I'm sad to find myself so constrained in my speech)... Maybe this is the traditional method of smuggling forbidden information, hot stuff, through customs from unadmitting mind to unadmitting mind. --K. J.

Rental: $16mm 69.00
16mm Rental: $69.00

Ken Jacobs

Perfect Film (1986) 16mm, DVD_NTSC, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: political_social_activism

TV newscast discard 1965; reprinted as found (maybe in Canal St. bin, I forget) with exception of boosting volume second half. A lot of film is perfect left alone, perfectly revealing in its un- or semi-conscious form. I wish more stuff was available in its raw state, as primary source material for anyone to consider, and to leave for others in just that way, the evidence uncontaminated by compulsive proprietary misapplied artistry, 'editing', the purposeful 'pointing things out' that cuts a road straight and narrow through the cine-jungle; we barrel through thinking we're going somewhere and miss it all. Better to just be pointed to the territory, to put in time exploring, roughing it, on our own. For the straight scoop we need the whole scoop, or no less than the clues entire and without rearrangement. O, for a Museum of Found Footage, or cable channel, library, a shit-museum of telling discards accessible to all talented viewers/auditors. A wilderness haven salvaged from Entertainment. --K. J.

Rental: $66.00
16mm Rental: $66.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

Keaton's Cop (1991) 16mm, black and white, 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Some films are a joy to look at repeatedly, and also sperately in their various parts. This is the bottom quarter, or fifth of Cops. (Please project film with all of lower frame image visible on screen.)

Rental: $60.00
16mm Rental: $60.00

Ken Jacobs

Disorient Express (1995) 35mm, black and white, 30 min

Genre: Experimental

This is not formalist cinema; order interests me only to the extent that it can provide experience. Watch the flat screen give way to some kind of 3-D thrust, look for impossible depth inversions, for jeweled splendor, for CATscans of the brain. I'm banking on this film reviving a yen for expanded consciousness. -K. J.

Rental: $125.00
35mm Rental: $125.00

Ken Jacobs

New York Street Trolley (1997) DVD NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

A nervous system demonstration.

Rental: $150.00

Ken Jacobs

Tom Tom Chaser, A (2002) DVD NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

I do an electronic riff on the MOMA print in A TOM TOM CHASER, concluding the NTSC edition. I'd been supervising a new digitizing of TOM, TOM at 15 frames per second (as against the 16fps 'standard' silent-speed of the PAL transfer; in truth there was no standard fps back then) because 15 fits neatly into NTSC's 60 fields/30 picture frames per second, thus minimizing compression 'artifacts', a form of visual 'noise' I wasn't welcoming. The riff was inspired watching Scott Olive, Tape House master technician, zip forward and back on their million dollar optical film-scanner. I asked Scott if we could record some of the discarded visual phenomena incidental to film-to-digital transfer. Sure, he said. I stood cheering him on to wilder aberrations and what we got is pretty much what you have, less some judicious excisions. -K. J.

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $150.00

Ken Jacobs

Two Wrenching Departures (1989/2006) 16mm, DVD, b&w, 90 min

Life ended, for separate health reasons, for two "underground" avant-garde filmmakers: Bob Fleischner and Jack Smith, a few days apart in late 1989. The two had been cinema-mad cohorts of film-artist Ken Jacobs in pre-fashionable Lower East Side, NYC in the 1950s. Jacob's seminal BLONDE COBRA is founded on remaining footage, shot by Fleischner of Smith, which survived a fire in Smith's apartment. TWO WRENCHING DEPARTURES, is a tribute to the life-force of Jacobs' fellow artists and a digital version of the his livel Nervous System film-performance presented at The American Museum of the Moving Image weeks after they died. At first, Fleisher is seen hopping and skipping toward the camera on a back street in lower Manhattan, happily jittering in a back and forth, energetically overlapping, staccato etude. Jack then takes over, lordly and absurd. This digital rescue of the transient theater-piece was assisted by Flo Jacobs and Erik Nelson.

Rental: $150.00
16mm Rental: $150.00

Ken Jacobs

Krypton Is Doomed (2005) DVD NTSC, , 34 min

Genre: Experimental

KRYPTON IS DOOMED Ken Jacobs Computer assistance, Nisi Jacobs. 2005, 34 min, color, sound; Original radio broadcast of Superman drama, 1940. NOTE: This work should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. In his 5th floor walk-up on NY's pre-fashionable Lower East Side, Jack Smith was determined to complete the beautification of his kitchen cabinet. AIDS was pressing. His friends pitched in, accepting slave status. Jack demanded this and Jack demanded that but because he wanted it perfect (as he had wanted his films to be perfect), and because perfection proved elusive, the remodeling finally had to be abandoned. Each friend going her or his own sad way. We are living under the imminent threat of GODS. The Republican Party ploy of allying with the religious right for votes proved shortsighted (grasping individuals tend to be shortsighted) and our religious crazies are now frustrated, concerned they might be cheated of prophetic fulfillment. You've got to hand it to those who resist, for the sake of the grass and the animals and the children, and for the preservation of the occasional work of art among the Faberge egg; who knows but that they will succeed against all odds and swerve their respective societies in time away from sure doom. We like to think so and it's easy to, after a lot of movies and the fact that all the living are beneficiaries of the ones who made it through, all those Papas and especially Mamas that did succeed in sending forward their young. In the late 1930's two Jewish teenagers came up with the story of a couple that sent their infant child on a lone trip of escape through space from an exploding planet. We all know the story: the boy would survive on Earth but would have to keep his identity secret. Were Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel dreaming out loud? Was Krypton actually the Old World heading into WW 2 and was the child -with his secret identity- escaping the fate of the Jews of Europe? (Put aside for a moment your stress regarding Israel, intended as a refuge from genocide.) The Jews then, all of us now. Jack's friends failed to convince him to make a will. "Why bother?", he asked. "To protect your work in the future." "The future?", Jack replied, "The future will be worse."

DVD NTSC Rental: $70.00

Ken Jacobs

Make Light On Film (with Pulfrich filters) (1995) DVD NTSC, , 15 min

Genre: Experimental

...with use of a single dark (Pulfrich) filter. Berlin documented by the US after WW2, recorded again in 1986 by Flo and Ken feigning innocence when passing by elevated train between Capitalist showroom and Communist austerity. One roll of film is blank, evidence of East Berlin guards commanding the film be unloaded onto the station platform. KJ narrates.

DVD NTSC Rental: $65.00

Ken Jacobs

Chronometer (1990) DVD NTSC, , 22 min

Genre: Experimental

(first Nervous Magic Lantern piece .. single light-source, no film-drive) Music: "Chronometer" by Harrison Birtwistle, stereo-2 track greatly enhanced by playing as 5.1 "virtual surround." Keep level comfortably loud. *Throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. "The movie projector's a kind of clock", Ed Bachelor said. Somewhere inside the machine beats a Piranesi space, shaped and given dimension by a string of exposures of a seated woman undulating gravity-free. Who is the alluring lady of this filmstrip tease? I call her Dinah, because the name contains a D, an N, and an A. Dinah Ovum! She is waiting, she is confident, she is radioing for help. Her message: "Let us gestate, love."

DVD NTSC Rental: $65.00

Ken Jacobs

Insistent Clamor (2005) , 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Brief sound at end, please keep volume high. *Throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. A mysterious terrain goes through changes, suggesting but never quite stating a submerged presence. Music (by Margaret Shelton Meier) briefly heard at very end.

DVD NTSC Rental: $250.00

Ken Jacobs

Let There Be Whistleblowers () DVD NTSC, , 18 min

Genre: Experimental

Music: Steve Reich DRUMMING part 1 Stereo (2 channel) best heard as 5.1 "virtual surround." *Throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. A train passes through a tunnel and hurtles on to a station. Time and space is toyed with, moments enter an impossible state of on-going movement while going nowhere. The actual tunnel experience sets off a metaphysical one. Composed to the first part of Drumming by Steve Reich. Assisted by Nisi Jacobs

DVD NTSC Rental: $90.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $150.00

Ken Jacobs

Nervous Magic Lantern: Spiral Nebula (2005) DVD NTSC, , 45 min

Genre: Experimental

Music: Rick Reed. Audio to be played comfortably loud and (though it's 2-track stereo) as 5.1 "virtual surround." *Throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. What is this thing churning and flinging off and consuming universes? The screen can't contain it, it wants to be in 3-D. This music, one part machine noise mixed with a lot of open space, holds us at a safe distance but will we (the viewing audience looking through the movie) be able to get back? We need familiar streets to hold onto, the quotidian. This thing, after all, could be the god Shiva. Attempting to grapple with it, even Kong would amount to no more than a momentary flash of colored light.

Ken Jacobs

Mountaineer Spinning (2004) , 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Music: Rick Reed. Stereo track best heard comfortably loud (gets quiet towards end) and as "virtual surround" 5.1. *Throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. We seem to be seeing a rustic landscape, perhaps. Everything here seems to be a perhaps, including allusions to Beauty and the Beat and if we are or are not seeing in 3-D. As in real life, everything is in constant motion (although unlike life not necessarily going anywhere, more like suspended in motion),achieving or foregoing distinction as specific entities. Rick Reed dpes the Mendelsohn and here too lines are blurred between life-recording and atral electrons at play.

Ken Jacobs

Ontic Antics Starring Laurel and Hardy: Bye, Molly (2005) DVD_NTSC, , 90 min

Genre: Experimental

*throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. 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. Assisted by Erik Nelson.

DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

Star Spangled To Death (2004) Four Disc DVD set, color & b/w, 440 min

Genre: Experimental

Made 1956-60/2003-04 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 weath 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 comsmic pretensions), celebrating Suffering (rattled and impoverished artist Jerry Sims) at teh crux of sentient existence, is truly a visitation of the divine. Assisted by Nisi Jacobs

Ken Jacobs

Pushcarts Of Eternity Street (2006) DVD NTSC, black and white, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Hand-operated and horse-drawn street-carts fill the streets of New York's Lower East Side. The year is 1903. Peddlers distribute the produce of field and factory passersby on the move. Cops, all sticks and swagger, uphold the law. Tiny movements evolve in place, caught between 2 and 3-D

Rental: $50.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $50.00

Ken Jacobs

Capitalism: Slavery (2006) DVD NTSC, b&w, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: political_social activism

An antique stereograph image of cotton-pickers, computer-animated to present the scene in an active depth even to single-eyed viewers. Silent, mournful, brief.

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

Razzle Dazzle the Lost World (2008) DVD NTSC, color and black & white, 90 min

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. RAZZLE DAZZLE The Lost World is an early Edison shot cut off at its head and tail and along its four sides from the continuity of events like any camera-shot from a bygone day; no, like any camera-shot, immediately producing an abstraction. This abstraction pictures a great spinning maypole-like device lined with young passengers dipping and lifting as it circles through space. They look out - from their place at the start of the 20th century - with a remarkable variety of expressions, giddy to pensive. We observe them but of course they see nothing of this, our America, hopelessly gone to rot, its mountaintops leveled for extraction of coal, rivers and air polluted, crisscrossed everywhere with property-lines; they don't see its prisons or the corporations leaning in from their off-shore tax-bases to see what more they can take. Early stereopticon images also appear, digitally manipulated to reveal their depths. A digital shadow falls upon the scene and yet, grim as things get, as our crimes and failures then and now commingle, the movie proceeds with a cubist/abstract-expressionist zest. Impulse is like that, it’s fun to make movies. -K.J.

DVD NTSC Rental: $186.00
DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $279.00 DVCAM

Ken Jacobs

Walkway (2009) miniDV, color, 8.20 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: enviorment & nature

A serpentine path through the woods turns on itself threateningly. Two perspectives operate here, enmeshed with each other, making for a vibrant film straddling both 2-D and 3-D. Available on DVCAM.

Rental: $35.00
MiniDV NTSC Rental: $35.00

Ken Jacobs

Capitalism: Child Labor (2006) DVD_NTSC, Blu-Ray, color, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, history, political / social activism

A stereograph celebrating factory production of thread. Many bobbins of thread coil in a great sky-lit factory space, the many machines manned by a handful of people. Manned? Some are children. I activate the double-photograph, composer Rick Reed suggest the machine din. Your heart bleeding for the kids? The children will surely be rescued and by their bosses! 'Boys', they will say, 'Have we got a war for you.'

DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

Jonas Mekas In Kodachrome Days (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 3 min

Genre: Experimental

"Jonas remains most famous for not acting famous. Here he can be seen away from film audiences, dawdling in the cosmos while history happens elsewhere (unless we are mistaken, and the most meaningful and revealing moments are the moments at ease)."

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Ken Jacobs

Hot Dogs at the Met (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: children / youth, family

Stereo photos from the 1970s are digitally animated with 3-D effects to be seen without spectacles. The computer, considering location, emulates a painting technique. Featuring Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Flo Jacobs, and Azazel.

Rental: $75.00

Ken Jacobs

Pushcarts Leave Eternity Street, The (2010) DVD_NTSC, color, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: history

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Ken Jacobs

Day Was a Scorcher, The (2009) DVD_NTSC, color, 8 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

a 3-d VACATION ALBUM, DAY WAS A SCORCHER, THE pictures what Jacobs describes as "movie-star Flo, Nisi the thoughtful young girl, and Aza old enough to trudge with us, but still expecting to be pushed around on wheels," frolicking in a sun-drenched Rome in the 1970s. Explains Jacobs, "It's a perfect day when nothing happens."

Rental: $75.00
DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00

Ken Jacobs

Amorous Interludes (2007-8) DVD NTSC, color & b/w, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: films_about_film, found_footage, history, technology

Includes: "Titles", "His Favorite Wife", "Hanky Panky", "We Are Charming", "Alone at Last", "Love Story", "The Discovery", "Nymph". "His Favorite Wife Improved And Other Amorous Interludes, the installed work of Ken Jacobs, is a 'series' composed of short video and stereographic animations. The aspects of the Hollywood melodrama mise-en-scene are in the introductory, His Favorite Wife destructed by the natural element of the February New York storm. A sequence of animated stereographs follows and Jacobs adds to their usage: 'I have (and deeply enjoy) a collection of early stereographs, most from the 1800's, bought years before they became pricy as collectors' items. It fascinates me that two images can produce so much richness of detail when forms undulate and skip through deep space.'" -- Martin Mazanec

DVD NTSC Rental: $DVD NTSC

Ken Jacobs

Seeking the Monkey King (2011) DVD NTSC, Blu-Ray, color, 40 min

Genre: Experimental

The film could have well been called KICKING AND SCREAMING but that only describes me in the process of making it, questioning its taste. Once the message kicked in it overrode all objection. The piece demanded J.G. Thirlwell's music, normally way too overtly expressive for me as most of my stuff comes out of painting and is also to be absorbed in silence. Who will even notice visual innovation now, or what's happening with time? Determining a place between two and three dimensions, pushing time to take on substance, is what I do. SEEKING THE MONKEY KING is a reversion to my mid-twenties and that sense of horror that drove the making of STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH. --Ken Jacobs

DVD NTSC Rental: $150.00, Blu-Ray $300.00

Ken Jacobs

The Surging Sea of Humanity (2006) Blu-Ray Disc, color, 11 min

Genre: Experimental

NOTE: THIS TITLE IS INCLUDED IN THE KEN JACOBS BLU-RAY COMPILATION. WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. Ken Jacobs writes: "Stereograph of the crowd at the opening of the US Centennial Exposition of 1893. It turns into a movie. Into an enormous rugged and craggy 3-D landscape.... before the people return and the scene is righted again. Many laws were broken in the making of this movie, beginning with laws of gravity."

DVD NTSC Rental: $125.00 Blu-Ray

DVD NTSC Sale: $350.00 Blu-Ray

Ken Jacobs

Another Occupation (2011) DVD NTSC and Blu-Ray Disc, color_b/w, 14 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: ethnic_multicultural, films about film, found footage, political/social activism

A stroboscopic train ride along a jungle stream. Asian military men appear with their pith-helmets, keeping the ferns, trees, monkeys, natives in line. The master of the stroboscopic depth illusion changes territory, but applies his familiar strategy: a ghostly, flicking film takes us into a deep and ominous Asian past. Jacobs: 'Bangkok, is it? Spelled in an unfamiliar way.' A black-and-white train ride along a jungle stream shows us military men in their pith helmets, keeping the ferns, trees, monkeys and natives in line. Sparse intertitles trigger further thoughts about the war economy.

DVD NTSC Rental: $75.00, Blu-Ray 125.00

Ken Jacobs

Return to the Scene of the Crime (2008) DVD NTSC, color, 93 min

Genre: Experimental

Warning: throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy. Ken Jacobs writes, "In 1969, Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son seized me, with a new film (as I said then) almost incidentally a result. Placing the 1905 Mutoscope original in the computer allows for an unbounded freedom of study and playfulness. Now I seize the film, introducing a quasi-3D and strange time-dimension, the Eternalism. Far more is revealed (the stealing of the pig!) and, joined to sound, the old movie even tells a new story. This is how the film begins, duck-on-a-leash to Little Bo Peep to the revealing of the too-busy full stage-set. Each gets their close-up and the many choreographed incidents happening together, and impossible to sort out, are given time out of the welter of events to shine. While it seems a mistake to break apart the wonderful muchness of the original, it's fun to see one action centered while others we've become familiar with repeat around it in the grand clockwork mechanism that is cinema. Actions made familiar take off into abstract permutations, veering in and out of recognition. God appears, centering the commotion, but splits when the crowd deserts his act to go after Tom."

DVD NTSC Rental: $250.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $600.00

Ken Jacobs

ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) (2008) DVD NTSC, anaglyph 3-D color, 109 min

Genre: Experimental

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. The real subject of ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) is depth-perception itself. Our beloved performers from the 1905 Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son again encapsulate human absurdity for our amusement but this time in illusionary (and berserk) 3-D. Clowns and harlots and slumming gentry freely step forward and back through the screen surface, often misplacing heads and limbs as they change location. They step from—and back into—the screen surface. This is cosmic play with all strings pulled.

DVD NTSC Rental: $250.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $600.00

Ken Jacobs

Ken Jacobs DVD Box Set: RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE LOST WORLD, RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, and ANAGLYPH TOM (TOM WITH PUFFY CHEEKS) (2006-2008) DVD NTSC, color and b/w and anaglyph 3-D, 303 min

Genre: Experimental

This DVD box set contains these Ken Jacobs titles: RAZZLE DAZZLE: THE LOST WORLD, RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME, and ANAGLYPH TOM (TOM WITH PUFFY CHEEKS). Search the individual titles in our database for more information.

DVD NTSC Sale: $75.00 individual, $500.00 institutional

Ken Jacobs

The Scenic Route (2008) DVD NTSC, color and b/w, 25 min

Genre: Experimental

WARNING: This work contains throbbing light. Should not be viewed by individuals with epilepsy or seizure disorders. "One of the nice things about movies was you could keep them at a distance. Movies knew their place. We were dimensional, they were flat, so it was easy to know which was which. But THE SCENIC ROUTE seemingly spills from the screen, threatening demarcation lines everywhere."

DVD NTSC Rental: $100.00

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Ken Jacobs

3 X 3D (2015) Blu-Ray Disc 3D, b&w / color, 187 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment and nature, polititcal / social activism

TO WATCH THESE FILMS IN 3D, YOU WILL NEED: FULL HD TV + COMPATIBLE 3D GLASSES + BLU-RAY 3D PLAYER

Blankets For Indians color, stereo, sound, 57 min (2012)
America was told by God to manage the globe, at a profit, only first having to clear away prior nations living on this land mass before venturing off shore (though not before taking half of Mexico and some failed attempt to wrest Canada from Canadians). Surely you asked when a child, Daddy, what was America doing so far from home when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor? Grabbing Hawaii, darling, and much more, Daddy may have answered. Bush and Cheney were religiously observant when they opted to enrich Halliburton further, when with their 9/11 pretext arranged with the Saudis they invaded Iraq and Afghanistan and the Middle East generally. This movie shows dissenters to the American mission marching down New Yorks Lower Broadway to gather at Zuccotti Park where the Occupy Wall Street kids were standing their ground. We live close to where the crowd turned onto Broadway and swept us along.

A Primer in Sky Socialism color, silent, 57 min (2014)
We lived next to The Brooklyn Bridge on its Manhattan side until the two bullies, Eminent Domain and Urban Renewal, forced us to move two blocks away form it. Along with many others we love the bridge and when non-New Yorkers visit we see that they mount and walk it at its height. They must learn the story of its designer and builder also socialist, philosopher and poet John Roebling and how the work was completed after he died by his son Washington and daughter-in-law Emily. Flo and I actually helped establish a tradition in the Sixties when we would climb it New Years Eve just before midnight with maybe another half dozen visitors and today hundreds gather, no, thousands. One hears many languages on the bridge, young people, sober and polite, from many lands. There are distant fireworks at 12 and the crowd descends. The first movie on this disk has some still; this and the following movie are all still. Stills in 3D invite the eyes to move in depth, especially time exposures in 3D. Theres so much to look at that silence is preferable, noisy as the actual event is.

The Guests B&W with some color, DTS-HD 5.1 sound, 73 min (2013)
Cubism turned space inside out. Yes, Cezanne was the main influence, slipping into bizarre shadow effects when rendering what he saw up close, reporting the contradiction of what he saw with each eye separately and thereby making the rendering the event and not what was rendered. But it was the handheld stereopticon, then an ubiquitous instrument of porn delivery, with left-right pictures reversed that really prompted the spatially bizarre. Wow, Picasso said. Wow, said Braque. They of course kept this a secret, the stereopticon then being of low repute. Now 3D cinema makes a similar splendid error, this time in utterly convincing dept. It takes on elf the first films made, 2D of course, and by sending sequential frames of moving figures one to each eye creates an illicit stereo, sometimes convincing, sometimes anything but; nuts. Not to be believed.

in a world of continuously streaming images, an artist like Mr. Jacobs challenges the tyranny of visual uniformity, and not simply with angry words. - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times , October 6, 2011

The Guests underlines the abyss between what we know and what we see. - Tony Pipolo, Artforum , April 2015

DVD NTSC Sale: $85.00 individual sale, institutional sale 300.00

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