Ken Jacobs: Little Stabs at Happiness
Ken Jacobs is an experimental filmmaker, who, along with Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, Maya Deren and others, helped spearhead the American avant-garde film movement. His impressive filmography spans more than 60 years and 45 films, utilizing just about every experimental technique imaginable. In the ’60s, he helped redefine the notion of domestic (home) movies, and along with it, domestic space—pioneering work that expanded the parameters of art cinema, and also, coincidentally, the gender expectations of male artists. Jacobs has also experimented with found footage, creating such memorable works as Star Spangled to Death, a nearly seven-hour epic charting an alternative U.S. history. Most recently, he has been reformatting, reworking, and altering silent films to give illusions of depth, creating experimental, heavily stroboscopic abstract cinema, and 3D. At every stage of his career, Jacobs has sought to push the technology as far as it can go and to challenge his audiences to think about politics, gender, class, race, documentary, and movies differently. This series provides a rare opportunity to see the work of one of the greatest living American filmmakers.
Curated by Joan Hawkins of The Media School, Carmel Curtis of IU Libraries Moving Image Archive, and the Underground Film Series Board, with support from IU Cinema, the Ove W Jorgensen Foundation, Center for Documentary Research and Practice, College Arts and Humanities Institute, Cinema and Media Studies, Cultural Studies Program, and the departments of American Studies, Art History, Gender Studies, and History.
Additional Ken Jacobs Films:
Ken Jacobs 2D Shorts Program
(1960–2000) Directed by Ken Jacobs
April 24 – 2 pm – Free, but reservations required*
Films in this program contain flashing imagery.
Star Spangled to Death (2004) Directed by Ken Jacobs
April 25 – 12 pm – Free, but reservations required*
This program is 402 minutes and will include an intermission.
*Screenings take place in the IU Libraries Screening Room (Wells Library 048). Reservations can be made at iub.libcal.com/calendar/screening-room.
Coming up in this series
Fri, April 24, 10 pm
Fri, April 24, 7 pm
Fri, April 24, 4 pm