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Le Havre, France
THE GEORGETOWN LOOP

Ken JACOBS

(1933- )
Nationality: american

Ken Jacobs was born May 25th, 1933 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His family background was that of a broken home, with a father who didn't care about him, and a mother who passed away when he was seven. His childhood life could be characterized, as he would call it, " Disastrous but typical, bequeathing me a social disgust and anger that I have cultivated, refined, monumentalized, and I am gagging on." His grim childhood had taught him to be a stronger person on the outside.

Aside from his early childhood difficulties, at the age of sixteen he had the opportunity to go to the Museum of Modern Art. There, he took a keen interest in various filmmakers, which then inspired him to write some of his own movie scripts. Also, he developed a love for art and painting. He attended the high school of Industrial Arts and often visited the film screenings at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

He served at the US Coast Guard. In 1955 he continued to study painting in New York, and in 1956 he studied with Hans Hoffmann.

Also in 1956 he befriended the filmmaker Jack Smith and began to work on his first films and first attempts in Silhouette Theater. In 1956, Jacobs put together a film called Orchard Street. Over the next couple of years, with the help of fellow filmmaker and classmate Jack Smith, his work was finally acknowledged. Smith, being a hopeful actor, starred in Jacob's film Blonde Cobra as well as a few other films.

He founded the Millennium Film Workshop in New York. He then taught film studies at St. Johns University. In 1969 he founded the film department at the State University of New York in Binghamton together with Larry Gottheim. From 1971 to the present he has been professor of film in Binghamton. In 1986 he was a guest of the DAAD (Berlin Artist's Program). In 1996 his work was shown in a comprehensive film retrospective in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.--John M. Bartruff Jr., 2000

12 MOVIES IN DISTRIBUTION

THE DISCOVERY
2008 / color / silent / single screen / 5' 00 / 22 €
distribution: Digital file on server or Mini DV
  THE GEORGETOWN LOOP
1997 / 35mm / b&w / silent / single screen / 11' 00 / 34 €
distribution: 16mm or Digital file on server
DISORIENT EXPRESS
1996 / 35mm / b&w / silent / single screen / 30' 00 / 91 €
distribution: 16mm
LOOTING FOR RODNEY
1994-1995 / color-b&w / silent / single screen / 3' 00 / 19 €
distribution: 16mm
KEATON'S COPS
1991 / color / sound / single screen / 23' 00 / 70 €
distribution: 16mm
OPENING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY : 1896
1990 / b&w / silent / single screen / 9' 00 / 37 €
distribution: 16mm
PERFECT FILM
1986 / 16mm / b&w / sound / single screen / 22' 00 / 67 €
distribution: 16mm
THE WINTER FOOTAGE
1964-1984 / b&w / silent / single screen / 43' 00 / 131 €
distribution: 16mm
GLOBE
1971 / color / sound / single screen / 22' 00 / 78 €
distribution: 16mm
TOM TOM THE PIPER'S SON
1969-1971 / color-b&w / silent / single screen / 115' 00 / 349 €
distribution: 16mm
BLONDE COBRA (Expanded)
1959-1963 / 16mm / color-b&w / sound / Expanded / 33' 00 / 91 €
distribution: 16mm or Digital file on server
LITTLE STABS AT HAPPINESS
1959-1963 / color / sound / single screen / 15' 00 / 54 €
distribution: 16mm