Ken Jacobs (born in New York on May 25, 1933) is an American experimental filmmaker who focuses on underground cinema. Jacobs has directed numerous works, including: Star Spangled Banner (2004), a film of seven hours of lost footage, Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son (1969) which admitted him a place at the National Film Registry in 2007 and Blonde Cobra (1963). In the early 1970s, Jacobs introduced the term 'Paracinema' which refers to the technique in which the director creates film experiences without the use of conventional film technology.
Along with Larry Gottheim, Jacobs plays a role in the creation of the film department at Harpur College, located in Binghamton University. From 1969 to 2003, Jacobs teaches in this same film department.
His son Azazel Jacobs is also a filmmaker.
Jacobs received the Maya Deren award at the American Film Institute.
Ken Jacobs currently lives in New York.
A film by Ken Jacobs and John Zorn. 68min
A documentary film by Pip Chodorov on the history of experimental film. Includes a 56 page book on the film.
A special edition Blu-ray with 3 films by Ken Jacobs in 3D
A film by Ken Jacobs