Ken Jacobs: Star Spangled to Death
Star Spangled to Death maps everything that fascinates and distresses the filmmaker about his country, presenting America as imbroglio of warped ideologies. The film intercuts found footage (including a Nelson Rockefeller campaign film, inflammatory racist cartoons, and old-time nudie shorts) with whimsical footage Jacobs shot between 1957 and 1959 featuring two of his outcast artist pals: avant-garde legend Jack Smith, who wanders the streets dressed in outfits improvised from garbage seeking to engage strangers, and frustrated tenement-dweller Jerry Sims, who complains endlessly about anything and everything. The New York Times called it ‘the ultimate underground movie, subversive, and frequently hilarious’. A joint project with OtherFilm.