Queen of the Underground: The Films of Sarah Jacobson

Before leaving this world all too soon at age 32, Sarah Jacobson left an indelible mark on underground filmmaking as an outspoken feminist proponent of the D.I.Y. ethos. A student of George Kuchar’s unbridled non-conformist enthusiasm, she had the freshly xeroxed news from the underground to back up her 8mm manifestos. Armed with soundtracks featuring the likes of Mudhoney and Heavens to Betsy, Jacobson took her subversive films on the road, producing and promoting them with the help of her cool mom and a network of punk zine tape traders. Her debut, I Was A Teenage Serial Killer, is a raw, angry 19-year-old’s rebel yell for feminist vengeance that gender-flips the slasher movie script with bristling vitality. Her feature, Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore, visits the world of a punk rock movie theater to tell the story of an intellectual young woman’s sexual awakening. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to push popcorn with a rogue’s gallery of punks, drunks, poseurs, collector freaks and future best friends, or even if you have, this is your movie. Justly praised by Roger Ebert and Kim Gordon alike, these films are more than just totally 90’s time capsules, they’re also the ultimate cinematic retort to every condescending straight white catcalling male slob you’ve ever gotten mixed up with.

I Was A Teenage Serial Killer, dir. Sarah Jacobson, 1992, 16mm, 27min.
Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore, dir. Sarah Jacobson, 1997, 16mm, 98min.

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