Noted experimentalist Ken Jacobs applies his unconventional eye to the realm of digital filmmaking in this mesmerizing Tribeca Film Festival selection that uses turn-of-the-century stereopticon slides and an Edison film from 1903 as source material. A blend of precision, abstraction, color and black-and-white, the film also employs Jacobs’s patented “Eternalism” system, which allows audiences to “see” in 3-D without the need for special glasses.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Ken Jacobs, was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933. He studied painting with one of the prime creators of Abstract Expressionism, Hans Hofmann, in the mid-fifties. It was then that he also began filmmaking (Star Spangled To Death). His personal star rose, to just about knee high, with the sixties advent of Underground Film. In 1967, with the involvement of his wife Florence and many others aspiring to a democratic rather than demagogic cinema, he created The Millennium Film Workshop in New York City. A nonprofit filmmaker’s co-operative open to all, it made available film equipment, workspace, screenings and classes at little or no cost. Later he found himself teaching large classes of painfully docile students at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens.
In 1969, after a week’s guest seminar at Harpur College (now, Binghamton University), students petitioned the Administration to hire Ken Jacobs. Despite his lack of a high school diploma, the Administration… read more