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Ken Jacobs

This profile on Ken Jacobs explores this central figure in post-war experimental cinema and the American film avant-garde movement of the 1960s and '70s. From his first films of the late 1950s to his recent experiments with digital video, his investigations and innovations have influenced countless artists.

  • Jason Drakeford
    Fast and Light to Pluto, Seeking the Monkey King, Lovebox, Out There (NYT series), Shelf Life (AMNH series), A New Story Told at Ground Zero, Where Are We Now (David Bowie music video)
  • Trevor Shimizu
    Deerhoof "The Merry Barracks"
  • Eric Phillips-Horst
    Five Star, Welcome to Pine Hill, Stray Dog, Brasslands, Evil Weed, Stages
  • Karim Tabbaa
    Sound Recordist
    Brasslands, Brooklyn Boondoggle
  • Jamie Shepard
    Sound Mixer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Short, Artist, Profile, avant garde, avant-garde, short film, short documentary
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 9, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,100 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, C100, 5D, GH3, BMPCC
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Wonderroot Film Series
    Atlanta, GA
    September 24, 2015
    North American Premiere
    Best Film (Awarded by Guest Film Juror)
Director Biography - Jason Drakeford

Jason Drakeford has a background working with infamous artists such as Tony Oursler and Ken Jacobs on intense avant-garde installations and films that bend reality in different and unexpected ways. Most recently he directed the film "Fast and Light to Pluto" for The New York Times. Previous projects include collaborations with David Bowie and The American Museum of Natural History. He is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and currently directing the immersive VR film "Interrupture".

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Director Statement

After working with Ken Jacobs as his assistant on the film "Seeking the Monkey King", I continued to have a friendship with the artist, even after I moved on to pursue my own filmmaking projects. After 2 years of production and filming off-and-on over the years, this short film profile is complete.