Ken Jacobs, The Sky Socialist Himself!
Evening with Ken Jacobs.
THE SKY SOCIALIST
1963-64/2019, 95 min. 8 mm-to-digital
John Roebling, poet, philosopher, socialist, designer and builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, imbues the film with his spirit.
Maurice has facts on his side but he’s no match for The Muse Of Cinema (Julie Motz), willing to picture an outright lie so long as she looks good doing it. Mel Garfinkel plays Oppression Mentality -we see him stabbing at microbes in the air- and Joyce Weiland as Love’s Labor keeps the great Bridge in tip-top shape.
THE SKY SOCIALIST 2, ENVIRONS AND OUT-TAKES
the film (and clogging up the story), we see the area (our set) alongside the Bridge cleared away to make way for New York’s hi-rise future.
Ken Jacobs: Born, 1933, Brooklyn, New York
Studied painting with Hans Hofmann, 1956-57. Started making films, 1955
Created/Directed The Millennium Film Workshop, N.Y.C.1966-68; started the Dept.of Cinema at S.U.N.Y. at Binghamton, 1969; Professor of Cinema1974-2000; Distinguished Prof. of Cinema, 2000; Distinguished Prof. of Cinema Emeritus, 2002-
“Optic Antics The Cinema of Ken Jacobs”, Edited by Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur, Oxford Univ. Press, May 2011. Films and videos shown worldwide, numerous grants and awards.