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Project Premiere: Ken Jacobs Premieres Two 3-D Films at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

April 29, 2013

Premiering in Carte Blanche: Ken Jacobs
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
May 2–5, 2013

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.

The two new 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 experiments in 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.

The second film supported by Creative Capital, A Primer in Sky Socialism, is a tribute to the Brooklyn Bridge and the idealism of the Roebling family, who designed the bridge. Jacobs and his wife Flo have a New Year’s tradition of walking to the top of the bridge to watch the city’s fireworks display. Jacobs, who was born in Brooklyn and is a life-long New Yorker, writes, “The Bridge has been particularly dear to us since the ‘60s, when we learned the story of the Roeblings, father and son and daughter-in-law. The Bridge embodies their wishes for America, their blessing—nothing less.” A Primer in Sky Socialism (58 min.) is a follow-up to Jacobs’ earlier 8mm film, The Sky Socialist.

See stills from both of Jacobs' new films and read an interview with the filmmaker on our blog, The Lab.


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