The Ken Jacobs Collection 5 Sets Available

Ken Jacobs is one of the most wildly creative and influential film artists and teachers in the history of the medium. Jacobs, born in Brooklyn, NY in 1933, studied Abstract Expressionism with Hans Hofmann before turning to filmmaking – where he became a prolific member of the underground scene, along with contemporaries Jonas Mekas, Jack Smith, and Stan Brakhage.




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Ken Jacobs "Tom Tom" Bundle 3 Films

In 1969 Ken Jacobs rephotographed the 1905 Billy Bitzer one-reeler Tom, Tom, The Piper’s Son, creating a landmark of structuralist cinema. Jacobs would revisit this experiment in the digital age with A Tom, Tom, Chaser (2002) and Return to the Scene of the Crime (2008).


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Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

Ken Jacobs started experimenting with found footage, expanding a five-minute fragment of Billy Bitzer’s TOM, TOM, THE PIPER’S SON (1969, 115 minutes) to feature length. Restored in 2K by Museum of Modern Art.


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A Tom Tom Chaser

A TOM TOM CHASER (2002, 11 minutes)


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Return to the Scene of the Crime

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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Ken Jacobs Early Shorts Bundle 5 Films

Ken Jacobs’ early work were shot around his neighborhood in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. This includes his lyrical portrait of Orchard Street (1955) to his playful DIY street scene melodramas made with his muse – the unclassifiable Jack Smith (The Whirled, Little Stabs at Happiness, Blonde Cobra). Also included is his abstract treatment of his apartment window, the aptly titled Window.


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Orchard Street

Ken Jacobs' early films use NYC as a poetic landscape as seen in ORCHARD STREET (1955, 27 minutes).


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The Whirled

THE WHIRLED (1961, 19 minutes)


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Little Stabs at Happiness

Jacobs early films use NYC as a setting for contemporary Jack Smith’s carnivalesque performances. LITTLE STABS AT HAPPINESS (1963, 15 minutes) is preserved by Anthology Film Archives.


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Blonde Cobra

Ken Jacobs' early films use NYC as a poetic landscape and as a setting for contemporary Jack Smith's carnivalesque performances. BLONDE COBRA (1963, 34 minutes) is preserved by Anthology Film Archives.


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Window

WINDOW (1964, 12 minutes)


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Ken Jacobs The Sky Socialist Bundle 2 Films

The most ambitious work from Ken Jacobs’ first decade of filmmaking, 'The Sky Socialist' began shooting in 1964 and was not completed until 2019, an allegorical narrative shot on the roof of 25 Ferry Street, his first Manhattan home. Film Comment magazine called the follow-up 'The Sky Socialist: Environs and Outtakes' a masterpiece – it quickly abandons the narrative for a portrait of the neighborhood that “has transformed the act of seeing.”


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The Sky Socialist

THE SKY SOCIALIST (1963-‘64/2019, 96 minutes)


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The Sky Socialist: Environs and Outtakes

THE SKY SOCIALIST: ENVIRONS AND OUTTAKES (1964-‘66/2019, 47 minutes)


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Ken Jacobs 1990s & 2000s Bundle 4 Films

In the 1990s and 2000s Ken Jacobs embraced digital technologies for further manipulation of the image. He used stroboscopic effects to turn silent shorts and Victorian stereoscopic photographs into mind-expanding investigations of depth. Warning: these films include throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy.


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The Georgetown Loop

THE GEORGETOWN LOOP (1996, 11 minutes)


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Capitalism: Child Labor

Ken Jacobs started experimenting with found footage, and went on to embrace digital tools - using stroboscopic effects to turn silent shorts and Victorian stereoscopic photographs into mind-expanding 3D investigations in CAPITALISM: CHILD LABOR.


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Capitalism: Slavery

Ken Jacobs started experimenting with found footage, and went on to embrace digital tools - using stroboscopic effects to turn silent shorts and Victorian stereoscopic photographs into mind-expanding 3D investigations.


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Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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Ken Jacobs 2010s and Beyond 6 Films

Ken Jacobs’ most recent work continues to use digital tools to transform reality and investigate the political calamities of our age. Warning: these films include throbbing light not for persons afflicted with epilepsy.


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Seeking the Monkey King

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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Reichstag 911

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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Failure

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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Things to Come

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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The Whole Shebang

Bonus film exclusive to Kino Now; not featured on the Ken Jacobs Collection disc set.


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Movie that Invites Pausing

Ken Jacobs continues to push the boundaries of the art form – as you can see with his hypnotically abstract MOVIE THAT INVITES PAUSING (2021, 20 minutes).


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