Most Voted Titles With Ken Jacobs


1. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

359 min | Documentary, Biography

8.6
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A chronicle of Bob Dylan's strange evolution between 1961 and 1966 from folk singer to protest singer to "voice of a generation" to rock star.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, B.J. Rolfzen, Dick Kangas, Liam Clancy

Votes: 10,035

2. Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price (2005)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

6.8
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71 Metascore

A look at the impact of the retail giant on local communities.

Director: Robert Greenwald | Stars: Lee Scott, Don Hunter, Jon Hunter, Jeremy Hunter

Votes: 4,177

3. Divine Trash (1998)

97 min | Documentary

7.8
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The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters. Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Yeager | Stars: John Waters, Pat Waters, John Waters Sr., Steve Buscemi

Votes: 872 | Gross: $0.04M

4. Life and Debt (2001)

80 min | Documentary

7.6
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67 Metascore

Documentary look at the effects of globalization on Jamaican industry and agriculture.

Director: Stephanie Black | Stars: Belinda Becker, Buju Banton, Horst Köhler, Michael Manley

Votes: 869 | Gross: $0.24M

5. Momma's Man (2008)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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84 Metascore

A man who has avoided his wife and child at home has a change of heart after an imposed stay in his own parents' loft.

Director: Azazel Jacobs | Stars: Matt Boren, Flo Jacobs, Ken Jacobs, Dana Varon

Votes: 548

6. Blonde Cobra (1963)

33 min | Short

3.2
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A man fondles objects, looks at himself in the mirror, poses in different clothes, smiles and makes faces at the camera while his voice on the soundtrack speaks of his despair, makes ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs | Stars: Ken Jacobs, Jack Smith

Votes: 490

7. American Masters (1985– )

90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Since its premiere in 1986, this Emmy-winning documentary series has presented hundreds of hours comprising profiles of outstanding American cultural artists. Past subjects have included ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Scorsese, Tony Bennett, Peter Bogdanovich, Lee Grant

Votes: 466

8. Walden (1969)

177 min | Documentary

7.9
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A chronogical about life including self, family, friend, couple and idol in 6 reels

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Timothy Leary, Ed Emshwiller, Franz Fuenstler, Jack Smith

Votes: 345

9. Little Stabs at Happiness (1960)

15 min | Short

5.1
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A film in four parts. In "In the Room", a man and a woman in outlandish garb are sitting in a claw-foot bathtub smoking, while the man abuses a doll in various ways. In "They Stopped to ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 285

10. Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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What is experimental film, and why is it called that? Artists and poet working in celluloid since before WWI have always found themselves in a no man's land. Excluded both from the art ... See full summary »

Director: Pip Chodorov | Stars: Pip Chodorov, Ken Jacobs, Hans Richter, Stan Brakhage

Votes: 236

11. Scotch Tape (1963)

3 min | Short

5.0
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Director: Jack Smith | Stars: Reese Haire, Ken Jacobs, Jerry Sims

Votes: 169

12. What Is Cinema? (2013)

80 min | Documentary, History

6.2
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Using the words and ideas of great filmmakers, from archival interviews with Alfred Hitchcock and Robert Bresson to new interviews with Mike Leigh, David Lynch, and Jonas Mekas, ... See full summary »

Director: Chuck Workman | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Robert Altman, Robert Bresson, Costa-Gavras

Votes: 152

13. Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (2006)

94 min | Documentary

7.5
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72 Metascore

A mesmerizing collage of images and audio from the life and work of Jack Smith, the underground filmmaker, photographer, performance artist, and anti-capitalist, who worked in New York from... See full summary »

Director: Mary Jordan | Stars: Jack Smith, Nayland Blake, Ira Cohen, Tony Conrad

Votes: 151

14. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (1969)

115 min

6.5
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Ghosts! Cine-recordings of the vivacious doings of persons long dead. Preservation of their memory ceases at the edges of the frame.

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 142

15. Lost, Lost, Lost (1976)

178 min | Documentary

8.0
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Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Peter Beard, Ed Emshwiller, Ken Jacobs, Adolfas Mekas

Votes: 140

16. Star Spangled to Death (2004)

402 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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Director: Ken Jacobs | Stars: Jack Smith, Jerry Sims, Gib Taylor, Bill Carpenter

Votes: 111

18. Razzle Dazzle (2007)

92 min

6.4
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 71

19. Sleepless Nights Stories (2011)

114 min

6.8
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54 Metascore

A stroll with Jonas Mekas through New York nights, through apartments, studios, backstage rooms, galleries, bars and clubs.

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Raimund Abraham, Marina Abramovic, Björk, Thomas Boujut

Votes: 67

20. Jonas in the Desert (1994)

130 min | Documentary

6.7
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Not a documentary in the strictest sense of the word. Rather, it is a journey through the world of the artist Jonas Mekas - one of the exponents of independent U.S. movies; founder and director of the New York Anthology Film Archive.

Director: Peter Sempel | Stars: Diahnne Abbott, Kenneth Anger, Jochen Arbeit, Stanley Bard

Votes: 61

21. Capitalism: Slavery (2007)

3 min | Animation, Short

6.1
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 57

22. Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012)

68 min | Documentary

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Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Friedl Bondy, James Broughton, William S. Burroughs, Richard Foreman

Votes: 56

23. Birth of a Nation (1997)

85 min | Documentary

7.0
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Mekas leads an archival avant-garde, a fast-paced parade of 160 underground film people he captured on film over four decades, described as, "160 portraits or rather appearances, sketches ... See full summary »

Director: Jonas Mekas | Stars: Chantal Akerman, Kenneth Anger, Michel Auder, Bruce Baillie

Votes: 55

24. Orchard Street (1955)

12 min | Documentary, Short

6.2
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This short film documents the daily life of the goings-on on Orchard Street, a commercial street in the Lower East Side New York City. It is a bustling street with an eclectic mix of both ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 54

25. The Georgetown Loop (1996)

11 min | Short

6.7
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 42

26. Notes on Marie Menken (2006)

97 min | Documentary, Biography

6.9
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61 Metascore

A look at avant-garde filmmaker Marie Menken.

Director: Martina Kudlácek | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage, Peter Kubelka, Alfred Leslie

Votes: 41

27. Window (1964)

12 min | Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 38

28. Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise (2005)

68 min | Documentary

6.5
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In Celestial Subway Lines/Salvaging Noise its story is told by director Ken Jacobs but without the conventional storyline. Using a modified magic lantern, an early type of image projector ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 31

29. Seeking the Monkey King (2011)

40 min | Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 28

30. Incendiary Cinema (2005)

1 min | Short

5.3
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 23

31. Capitalism: Child Labor (2006)

14 min | Short

7.1
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 15

32. Perfect Film (1986)

22 min | Documentary, Short

7.2
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 13

33. Disorient Express (1996)

30 min | Short

7.4
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 11

34. Opening the Nineteenth Century: 1896 (1991)

9 min | Short

8.7
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 7

35. Canopy (2014)

5 min | Short

7.6
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 7

36. The Guests (I) (2014)

73 min

5.8
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Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 5

37. The Pushcarts leave Eternity Street (2011)

13 min | Short

7.6
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Early 20th-century street vendors push their carts loaded with vegetables. It is time for them to go. Little by little, the viewer discovers fragments of the film of that reduced space in ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

Votes: 5

38. Ontic Antics Starring Laurel and Hardy; Bye, Molly! (2006)

90 min

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Originally a live Nervous System work (presented using a special film-projection contrivance that wife Flo and I would set up here and there), it hurt us that these were ephemeral works. ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

39. Circling Zero: We See Absence (2002 Video)

Documentary

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Director: Ken Jacobs

40. Edgar Allan Bro (2014)

Short, Comedy

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Directors: William Brown, David Kuskie | Stars: Christopher Hedrick, Jacob McAlister, Ken Jacobs, Meg Barrett

41. Green Wave (2011)

5 min | Documentary, Short

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Consciousness reflects on unconsciousness, the latter often represented by the ocean. Here we have an ocean wave different from the others, singled out by the camera and headed for fame, ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

42. The Alps and the Jews (1957)

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43. Conversations with History (1982– )

Talk-Show

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Stars: Harry Kreisler, Tariq Ali, Sadako Ogata, Beth Cary

44. New York Ghetto Fishmarket 1903 (2007)

132 min

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Director: Ken Jacobs

45. Gift of Fire: Nineteen (Obscure) Frames that Changed the World (2008)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Nineteen film frames remain of artist and inventor Louis Le Prince's 1888 movie of Leeds Bridge, here seen in stereo. A six-foot-four man among a five-foot-five population, he "vanished" on... See full summary »

Director: Ken Jacobs

46. Return to the Scene of the Crime (2008)

93 min

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47. Jonas Mekas in Kodachrome Days (2009)

4 min | Documentary, Short

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Using his trademark flicker method, Ken Jacobs pays homage to the oldest brand of color film, Kodak (whose production was discontinued in 2009) and to Jonas Mekas, who managed to breathe life into Kodak.

Director: Ken Jacobs | Star: Jonas Mekas

48. New York Framed (1986 TV Movie)

78 min | Documentary

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Director: Keith Griffiths | Stars: Lizzie Borden, Shirley Clarke, J. Hoberman, Peter B. Hutton

49. Keaton's Cops (1991)

23 min | Short

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Avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs presents Buster Keaton's short silent comedy Cops (1922) as his own work by blacking-out approximately the top three-fourths or four-fifths of the frame.

Director: Ken Jacobs

50. Walkway (2009)

8 min | Documentary, Short

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A serpentine path through the woods turns on itself threateningly. Two perspectives operate here, enmeshed with each other, making for a vibrant film straddling both 2-D and 3-D.

Director: Ken Jacobs

51. I'm Telling You (2015)

Not Rated | 12 min | Documentary, Short

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Two men talk on the Lower East Side.

Director: Ken Jacobs

52. Baud'larian Capers (1962)

30 min | Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs

53. Hot Dogs at the Met (2008)

10 min | Short, Drama

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Stereo photos from the 1970s are digitally animated with 3-D effects to be seen without spectacles. The computer, considering location, emulates a painting technique. Featuring Jonas Mekas, Peter Kubelka, Flo Jacobs, and Azazel.

Director: Ken Jacobs

54. His Favourite Wife Improved (2009)

2 min | Documentary, Short

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The films shows how a storm in New York can influence - and improve - the TV broadcast of a film featuring Cary Grant.

Director: Ken Jacobs

55. A Loft (2011)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs

56. The Death of P'town (1963)

7 min | Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs

57. Krypton Is Doomed (2005)

34 min | Short

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Director: Ken Jacobs