Ken Jacobs (2012 Film/Video) will premiere two new films supported by Creative Capital in Carte Blanche: Ken Jacobs at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, May 2–5. The exhibition, commemorating the 80th birthday of this pioneer of American experimental cinema, includes films chosen by Jacobs from MoMA’s collection alongside selections of his own work. You can browse the Carte Blanche screening schedule and read film notes by Jacobs on the MoMA website.
After more than 50 years as a filmmaker, Jacobs remains as innovative and productive as ever. The two films premiering in Carte Blanche: Ken Jacobs, entitled Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus and A Primer in Sky Socialism, both represent Jacobs’ current exploration of digital 3-D filmmaking. Joys of Waiting for the Broadway Bus was shot by Jacobs over the course of several bus rides in his New York City neighborhood. Jacobs writes, “Since acquiring a small 3-D camera, I dawdle everywhere, but prolonged bus-waits allow for a continuity of images, and thus a movie.” Ken presents each 3-D still onscreen for 6 to 8 seconds, instead of the usual rapid turnover used to create the illusion of movement. The result is a dense optical event that will be presented in four 40-minute parts as the close to each day’s screenings at MoMA. Continue reading