PERFECT FILM

by Ken JACOBS
1986 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 22' 00

TV newscast discards from 1965 relating to the assassination of Malcolm X, out-takes of history reprinted as found in a Canal St. bin (with the exception of boosting volume second half).
A lot of film is perfect left alone, perfectly revealing in its unconscious or semi-conscious form. I wish more camera footage 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. Via ¯editing˜, the purposeful ¯pointing things out˜ that cuts a road straight and narrow through the cine-jungle; we barrel through thinking weˆre 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, 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 veiwers/auditors. A wilderness haven salvaged from Entertainment.

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distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 67,00 €