From: Adam Hyman (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Oct 18 2009 - 09:13:53 PDT
Radical genius Ken Jacobs is one of the leading practitioners of film and
video art in the world. We're delighted to host the Los Angeles premiere of
his newest video work – the 3-D version of Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son. Not on
DVD, you won't have any other chances to see this. This is the last night of
his residency in Los Angeles - don't miss this radical and charming
investigation of the cinematic past and the political present.
Sunday October 18, 2009, 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Filmforum presents
ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom with Puffy Cheeks) by Ken Jacobs
Los Angeles Premiere! Ken Jacobs in Person! 3-D!
Filmforum at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd. at Las Palmas, Los
Angeles CA 90028
For reservations, email us at email suppressed
<mailto:lafilmforum%40yahoo.com> , but they aren't required. We had plenty
of seats available last night. But allow time for parking!
$10 general, $6 students (with ID) and seniors.
Parking is now easiest at the Hollywood & Highland complex. Bring your
ticket for validation. Parking is $2 for 4 hours with validation. Enter
that complex on Highland or Hollywood. The theater is 1.5 blocks east.
"It's wonderfully fitting that, in the year of Hollywood's much ballyhooed
3-D renaissance, Jacobs has routed the technology back to the very origins
of cinema itself. In the feature-length Anaglyph Tom (Tom with Puffy
Cheeks), also premiering here this week, Jacobs repurposes another early
Edison short — the same one he first stretched like a rubber band into
1969's Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son — this time stereoscoping the picaresque
one-reeler using red-and-blue anaglyph technology, so that Edison's
prepubescent pig thief and crowds of antic villagers now seem to invade the
space between the screen and the audience. In addition, Jacobs uses digital
effects to bisect, trisect and otherwise slice and dice the original images,
repainting his canvas with a restless vigor.
"Like much of what interests Jacobs, 3-D technology dates back to the turn
of the last century, though the filmmaker admits that his initial reaction
to the popular 3-D boom of the 1950s was one of little enthusiasm. "Coming
from painting, the surface was most important to me," Jacobs says. "I
studied with a great teacher" — German abstract expressionist painter Hans
Hofmann — "who said, `You mustn't break the surface. Whatever you do in
space, you mustn't break the surface.' And [3-D] was breaking the surface in
a big way. Gradually, I chose to sin and got deeper and deeper into it."
Still, Jacobs adds, `My 3-D is not like the movies coming out now or before;
I'm not that interested in the verisimilitude of re-creating a world in
depth. I'm playing with depth. I'm playing with the eyes. Curious things can
happen.'" – Scott Foundas, LA Weekly.
Read the full profile by Scott Foundas at
Also see the profile with Ken Jacobs by Manohla Dargis in the New York Times
Curated by Steve Anker. This screening concludes a weeklong residency by
Jacobs at CalArts, REDCAT, UCLA and Los Angeles Filmforum
ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) (2008, 118 minutes, DV-Cam)
The real subject of ANAGLYPH TOM (Tom With Puffy Cheeks) is depth-perception
itself. Our beloved performers from the 1905 TOM, TOM, THE PIPER'S SON
again encapsulate human absurdity for our amusement but this time in
entirely illusionary 3-D. They step from -and back into- the screen
surface. This is cosmic play with all strings pulled. – Ken Jacobs
Ken Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1933. He studied painting with one
of the prime creators of Abstract Expressionism, Hans Hofmann, in the
mid-fifties. It was then that he also began filmmaking (Star Spangled To
Death). His personal star rose, to just about knee high, with the sixties
advent of Underground Film. In 1967, with the involvement of his wife
Florence and many others aspiring to a democratic -rather than demagogic-
cinema, he created The Millennium Film Workshop in New York City. A
nonprofit filmmaker's co-operative open to all, it made available film
equipment, workspace, screenings and classes at little or no cost. Later he
found himself teaching large classes of painfully docile students at St.
John's University in Jamaica, Queens.
In 1969, after a week's guest seminar at Harpur College (now, Binghamton
University), students petitioned the Administration to hire Ken Jacobs.
Despite his lack of a high school diploma, the Administration -during that
special period of anguish and possibility- decided that, as a teacher, he
was "a natural." Together with Larry Gottheim he organized the SUNY system's
first Department of Cinema, teaching thoughtful consideration of every kind
of film but specializing in avant garde cinema appreciation and production.
(Department graduates are world-recognized as having an exceptional presence
in this field.) His own early studies under Hofmann would increasingly
figure in his filmwork, making for an Abstract Expressionist cinema, clearly
evident in his avant garde classic Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son (1969) and
increasingly so in his subsequent devising of the unique Nervous System
series of live film-projection performances. The American Museum Of The
Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, hosted a full retrospective of his work in
1989, The New York Museum Of Modern Art held a partial retrospective in
1996, as did The American House in Paris in 1994 and the Arsenal Theater in
Berlin in 1986 (during his 6 month stay as guest-recipient of Berlin's DAAD
award). He has also performed in Japan, at the Louvre in Paris, the Getty
Center in Los Angeles, etc. Honors include the Maya Deren Award of The
American Film Institute, the Guggenheim Award and a special Rockefeller
Foundation grant. A 1999 interview with Ken Jacobs can be seen on the Net as
part of The University Of California at Berkeley's series of Conversations
With History: http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/
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We will take reservations until noon on the day of each screening, and hold
reservations until 15 minutes before the show time.
Parking on the streets. Validated parking is available in
the big city lot at Hollywood & Highland, $2 for 4 hours with a
validation from the Egyptian Theatre. Or take the Metro red Line to
Hollywood & Highland. Parking meters in Hollywood are now active until 8 pm
on Sundays, so if you park at a meter, be sure to put some money in it!
Filmforum is selling memberships! They get you into shows for a big
discount! $60 single/$95 double. Cash or check only. Inquire at
the door, or send us an email at lafilmforum@ yahoo.com.
Coming soon to Los Angeles Filmforum:
Oct 25 - Robert Beavers in person, at the UCLA Film and Television Archive
Nov 1 - Los Angeles Filmforum and the AFI FEST present 3 premieres!
4:30 LOS HEREDEROS (Eugenio Polgovsky ) with A LETTER TO UNCLE BOONMEE
(Apichatpong Weerasethakul)(L.A. premieres)
7:30 THE ANCHORAGE (C.W. Winter and Anders Edstrom)(U.S. Premiere)
at the Egyptian
Nov 8 - Yvonne Rainer retrospective continues with "Film About a Woman
Who..." at the Egyptian (Rainer not present)
Nov 15 - D.W. Griffith in California, with talk by Tom Gunning, at the Echo
Park Film Center
This screening series is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board
of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. Additional support is
generously provided by the American Cinematheque.
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***For a complete listing of alternative films in Los Angeles, check
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