Ken Jacobs

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Ken Jacobs
Born 1933 (age 84–85)
Brooklyn, New York, United States[1]
Occupation Filmmaker
Notable work Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
Spouse(s) Flo
Children Azazel

Ken Jacobs (born 1933 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American experimental filmmaker. He is the director of Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969, USA), which was admitted to the National Film Registry in 2007. His Star Spangled to Death (2004, USA) is a nearly seven-hour film consisting largely of found footage.[2]

Jacobs taught at the Cinema Department at Harpur College at Binghamton University from 1969 to 2002.[3] His son Azazel Jacobs is also a filmmaker.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Awards and accolades[edit]

He is a recipient of the 1994 American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award.[4] in 2012 he received a Creative Capital Moving Image grant award.[11]


  1. ^ "Ken Jacobs". Electronic Arts Intermix. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Knipfel, Jim (September 2006). ""Movies are All People Know" An Interview With Ken Jacobs". The Brooklyn Rail. 
  3. ^ Bunnell, Irene. "Ken Jacobs: Educator, innovator, filmmaker". Binghamton University: Department of Cinema at Harpur College. Binghamton University. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "October 17/18 – Ken Jacobs and Azazel Jacobs – Two Different Shows". Los Angeles Film Forum. October 12, 2009. Retrieved November 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Ken Jacobs-Biography". Electronic Arts Intermix. EAI. Retrieved September 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ Sicinski, Michael (May 11, 2015). "3D in the 21st Century. Flash Forward: Four 3D Works by Ken Jacobs". Notebook Digital Magazine. 
  7. ^ Ken Jacobs’ documentary “Circling Zero : We See Absence”, 2002, VHS, USA can be found in the Experimental Television Center and its Repository in the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University Library.
  8. ^ "Almost 80, He Continues the Ruckus". New York Times. 18 May 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  9. ^ New Silent Cinema. Routledge. 2015. ISBN 9781317819448. 
  10. ^ "A Primer in Sky Socialism". EMPAC. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus / A Primer In Sky Socialism". Creative Capital. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 

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