“A stimulating, labyrinthine experience provided by a master of the American avant-garde and an historical artifact that is nevertheless piercingly contemporary.” - Doug Cummings, Filmjourney

Saturday, January 27, 11:00 a.m. | In the first hour of Ken Jacobs’ biting, found-footage critique of America, text on screen declares, “With the sheeps led by the foxes for the benefit of the wolves, what chance do we have of getting out of this alive? STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH considers the astronomical odds against being alive to begin with and suggests resistance. What the hell.” Almost 50 years in the making, yet alarmingly contemporary, this avant-garde epic stitches together ethnographic footage, political speeches, film, and cartoons into a provocative exploration of race, religion, politics, war, and wealth. Deemed by the New York Times as “the ultimate underground movie, subversive and frequently hilarious,” and alternatively titled AMERICAN FAILURE, STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH is a subversive, cinematic howl. Program includes one intermission.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

$20 - Film Center Members
$20 - SAIC Students/Faculty/Staff*
$30 - Students*
$40 - General Public

*Redeem discount at the box office with valid ID. One discounted ticket per ID.

Settle In SeriesBinge watching a television show or catching a double feature? Child’s play. Prove your passion for pacing with six films that test the limits of runtimes, that lean into their length, and that invite you to Settle In. Tickets include bottomless popcorn and coffee; showtimes include bathroom and stretching breaks (feel free to bring a pillow); and ticket holders have the option to add a boxed lunch to their experience ($16) courtesy of our friends at Food For Thought. Coffee generously provided by the local roasters at Dark Matter Coffee. View full series here.

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email filmcenter@saic.edu