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Ken Jacobs

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Biography

Ken Jacobs, born in 1933, was a member of the U.S. coast guard, 1951-53, and later attended the Hans Hoffman School of Fine Arts 1956-57. He created and then directed the Millennium Film Workshop, NYC, from 1966-68. Jacobs also started the Department of Cinema at SUNY Binghamton, with Larry Gottheim in 1969. He still teaches there, and occasionally teaches at University of Colorado in Boulder and Stadelschule in Frankfurt, Germany. Among the grants and awards which he has received are the American Film Institute's Maya Deren Award, 1994, and the J.S. Guggenheim Fellowship, 1995. Jacobs' work has screened widely internationally, and received much critical attention. Included in the list of screenings is a semi-regular appearance at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Biennial since 1981. Jacobs' films are in the permanent collections of many institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Oesterreiches Filmmuseum, Vienna, and the National Library of Australia.