Saturday, February 18

Ken Jacobs at Microscope Gallery

What’s Showing Today? Saturday, February 18
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Featured Screening: We Are Cinema: Ken Jacobs at Microscope Gallery

Last weekend Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery opened “We Are Cinema: 50 Years of the Film-Makers’ Co-op”, and today its concurrent screening series spotlighting established and emerging artists represented by the NYC co-operative distributor’s catalog continues with very early and extremely recent work by Ken Jacobs.

Transitioning from last week’s show of new Jack Smith restorations, much of Jacobs’s work showing today is a spotlight for Smith’s as a film star, all be them this case films culled from loose ends, damaged stock, DIY sets, eagerness and spontaneity. Smith’s persona has an easy draw, effortlessly conveying the consummate engagement with melodrama explored in his own film and writing. Blonde Cobra, 1963, seems to have originated from his, Jacob’s and Bob Fleischner‘s attempt to make a film in that vein, a “light monster-movie comedy,” one thwarted by lack of resource and circumstance (including raw stock incinerated by Jack’s cat’s knocking over a candle). In the final film, Jacobs has re-appropriated this footage along with recordings of apparently stream-of-conscious, highly personal monologues by Smith and sounds of records and instruments the group would play— not necessarily as intended, of course. Jacobs claims Jack says the film is “too heavy,” and many of its 33 minutes are indeed quite emotionally wrought, but it also contains an effervescence, a spirit of friendship, collaboration and the shared thrill of discovery in the exploding of cinematic possibilities.

Jacobs will be in attendance for tonight’s screening, which begins at 7:00 pm with a $6 admission cost. Next week Jonas Mekas travels to Microscope to present his 1997 Birth of a Nation, which has previously screened only once.

Also Recommended

Also in Bushwick, last night was the opening of Charles Atlas‘s The Illusion of Democracy, the inaugural exhibition at Luhring Augustine’s new location at 25 Knickerbocker Avenue. Williamsburg gallery Louis V E.S.P. participates in Downtown Brooklyn contemporary music/intermedia art venue Roulette’s Xperimental <3 Fest this evening for the taping of the latest episode of live green-screened video show E.S.P. TV. This is, I think, the fourth taping of the series spotlighting some of New York’s greatest sound and visual artists, which is to be edited into several episodes for broadcast on public access television. Tonight’s performers include Grasshopper, MV Carbon & C. Spencer Yeh and Tim Geraghty. In Chelsea, today is the final day to catch the Jeff Keen show at Elizabeth Dee.

Elsewhere in Brooklyn—UnionDocs presents From Sand to Concrete: The Transformation of an Egyptian Soldier, which presents an account of the Egyptian revolution from the personal perspectives of members of its armed forces. And—this transition isn’t going to work as well as I thought it would—Horror Boobs presents Spectacle Theater‘s  Saturday midnight, slasher-level gorefest French-Turkish actioner White Fire. The trailer makes my heart swoon for reasons I’m not entirely comfortable with and would prefer not to speculate about.

In Ivan & Ivana, director Jeff Silva revisits the subject of his 2008 Kosovo crisis documentary Balkan Rhapsodies to join Ivan and his wife Ivana in suburban California, where the promise of a better life has given way to debt, domestic struggle and immigrant issues. It plays MoMA‘s Documentary Fortnight along with Aita, José María de Orbe‘s visually entrancing documentary about the lives of caretakers in a crumbling, supposedly haunted Spanish estate. Also on tap today are two panels about interactive nonfiction and new media, one hosted by the New York Times’s senior multimedia producer Zach Wise and another by Tribeca’s Ingrid Kopp and Rhizome’s Lauren Cornell.

The Jan Svankmajer series continues at Museum of the Moving Image with a selection of shorts curated by Irena Kovarova. The lineup spans from his 1968 Flat to 1992’s The Food, the Czech animator’s most recent short. Also included is The Garden, one of Svankmajer’s few live action shorts and also among his greatest.


Twin Peaks Celebration at 92YTribeca
Series Details

  • Silent Drape Runners Present Twin Peaks: The BeginningDetails. 10:00 pm.

The Wooster Group Film and Video at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Brace Up!Details. 7:00 pm.
  • To You, The Birdie (Phèdre)Details. 8:00 pm.
  • Unproduced and UnfinishedDetails. 10:30 pm.

New Voices in Black Cinema at BAMcinématek
Series Details

  • Sneaker Stories (Katharina Weingartner). Details. 2008. 95 min. 2:00 pm.
  • From Fatherless to Fatherhood (Kobie Brown). Details. Q&A. 2011. 96 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Single Hills (Wilkie Cornelius). Details. Q&A. 2011. 75 min. 6:50 pm.
  • Infiltrating Hollywood: The Rise and Fall of the Spook Who Sat By the Door (Christine Acham & Cliff Ward). Details. 2011. 57 min. 9:30 pm.

William Wellman at Film Forum
Series Details • 2-for-1

  • Yellow Sky. Details. 1948. 1:00, 4:10 and 7:30 pm.
  • The Ox-Bow IncidentDetails. 35mm. 1943. 2:40, 6:00 and 9:20 pm.

Film Comment Selects 2012 at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (Adam Curtis). Details. Digital. 2011. 180 min. 1:30 pm.
  • Mortem (Eric Atlan). Details. Digital. 2010. 94 min. 5:00 pm.
  • The Forgiveness of Blood (Joshua Marston). Details. 35mm. 2011. 108 min. 7:15 pm.
  • Land Passion War of the Dead Christ Worlds (J. Hoberman). Details. 10:00 pm.

Documentary Fortnight 2012 at MoMA
Series Details

  • A Field Guide to the Interactive Documentary: Guided Tour 1: Zach Wise—The State of Storytelling in the Age of Interactivity. Details. 3:00 pm.
  • Ivan & Ivana (Jeff Silva). Details. 2011. 80 min. 4:00 pm.
  • A Field Guide to the Interactive Documentary: Guided Tour 2: Lauren Cornell and Ingrid Kopp—10 Interactive Projects You Should Know About. Details. 6:00 pm.
  • Aita (José María de Orbe). Details. 2010. 85 min. 8:00 pm.

The Films of Jan Svankmajer at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Shorts ProgramDetails. 3:00 pm.
  • Faust (Jan Svankmajer). Details. 1994. 97 min. 6:00 pm.

The Black Stallion (Carroll Ballard) at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Details. 35mm. 1979. 118 min. 11:00 am.
L’Enfant (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 2005. 95 min. 11:00 am.
We Are Cinema: Works by Ken Jacobs at Microscope Gallery. Details. Jacobs in attendance. 1956-2011. 7:00 pm.
Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 1974. 93 min. 12:15 pm.
E.S.P. TV at Roulette. Details. 8:00 pm.
Spirograph Agnew at Spectacle TheaterDetails. 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
From Sand to Concrete: The Transformation of an Egyptian Soldier at UnionDocs. Details. Menna Khalil, Yosra Sultan Moussa and Mohammad Shawky Hassan in attendance for discussion. 7:30 pm.


Jaws (Steven Spielberg) at IFC CenterDetails. 1975. 124 min.
They Live (John Carpenter) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. 12:05 am.
Eraserhead (David Lynch) at IFC CenterDetails. 1977. 97 min. 12:25 am.
The Dark Crystal (Jim Henson & Frank Oz) at Landmark SunshineDetails. 1982. 95 min.
Street Trash
 (J. Michael Muro) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 35mm. 1987. 91 min.
Kill All Redneck Pricks (William Badgley) at Nitehawk CinemaDetails. 2011. 84 min.
White Fire (Jean-Marie Pallardy) at Spectacle TheaterDetails. Digital. 1984. 98 min.


The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula & Noël Burch) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. Video. 2010. 112 min. 4:15, 6:45 and 9:15 pm.
Michael (Markus Schleinzer) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 96 min. 1:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 123 min. 1:15, 4:00, 6:45 and 9:10 pm.
Talking Landscape: Early Media Work, 1974-1984 (Andrea Callard) at Maysles CinemaDetails. 2012. 80 min. 7:30 pm.



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