Ken Jacobs
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Ken Jacobs
Ken Jacobs
Born1933 (age 86–87)
Brooklyn, New York, United States[1]
Notable work
Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

Ken Jacobs (born 1933 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American experimental filmmaker. He is the director of Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969, USA), which was admitted to the National Film Registry in 2007. His Star Spangled to Death (2004, USA) is a nearly seven-hour film consisting largely of found footage.[2]

Jacobs taught at the Cinema Department at Harpur College at Binghamton University from 1969 to 2002.[3] His son Azazel Jacobs is also a filmmaker.[4]

Selected filmography

  • Little Stabs at Happiness (1960), 14:57 min, color, sound, 16 mm film on video.[5]
  • Blonde Cobra (1963), 33 min, color and b&w, sound, 16 mm film on video.[5]
  • Window (1964) [6]
  • Lisa and Joey in Connecticut (1965), 21:59 min, color, silent, Super 8mm film on video.[5]
  • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son (1969), 133 min, color and b&w.[5]
  • Perfect Film (1986)
  • Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 (1991)
  • The Georgetown Loop (1996), 11 min, b&w, silent.[5]
  • Circling Zero: We See Absence (2002), 114:38 min, color, sound.[7][8]
  • Star Spangled to Death (2004), 440 min, b&w and color, sound, DVD. Clip collection began in 1956.[5]
  • Nymph (2007), 2 min, color, silent.[5]
  • Gift of Fire: Nineteen (Obscure) Frames that Changed the World (2007), 27:30 min, anaglyph 3-D color, surround sound.[5]
  • The Scenic Route (2008), 25 min, color and b&w, sound.[5]
  • Seeking the Monkey King (2011), 39:42 min, color, 5.1 surround sound, HD video.[5]
  • Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus (2013), 4-part series, enhanced 3D film digital slides.[9]
  • A Primer in Sky Socialism (2013), color 3D film.[10][11]

Awards and accolades

He is a recipient of the 1994 American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award.[4] in 2012 he received a Creative Capital Moving Image grant award.[12]


  1. ^ "Ken Jacobs". Electronic Arts Intermix. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Knipfel, Jim (September 2006). ""Movies are All People Know" An Interview With Ken Jacobs". The Brooklyn Rail.
  3. ^ Bunnell, Irene. "Ken Jacobs: Educator, innovator, filmmaker". Binghamton University: Department of Cinema at Harpur College. Binghamton University. Archived from the original on June 11, 2018. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b "October 17/18 - Ken Jacobs and Azazel Jacobs - Two Different Shows". Los Angeles Film Forum. October 12, 2009. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Ken Jacobs-Biography". Electronic Arts Intermix. EAI. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ Ken Jacobs-IFFR
  7. ^ Sicinski, Michael (May 11, 2015). "3D in the 21st Century. Flash Forward: Four 3D Works by Ken Jacobs". Notebook Digital Magazine.
  8. ^ Ken Jacobs' documentary "Circling Zero : We See Absence", 2002, VHS, USA can be found in the Experimental Television Center and its Repository in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University Library.
  9. ^ "Almost 80, He Continues the Ruckus". New York Times. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ New Silent Cinema. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 9781317819448.
  11. ^ "A Primer in Sky Socialism". EMPAC. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus / A Primer In Sky Socialism". Creative Capital. Retrieved 2016.

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