Filmmaker Azazel Jacobs Loses a Wheel

You may start hearing the name Azazel Jacobs a lot in the coming weeks. His wildly entertaining new feature, Momma’s Man, about a married man who comes home to New York to visit his parents and decides not to leave their apartment, was a big hit at Sundance earlier this year and opens on August 22, and he’s got a retrospective at BAM starting August 15. (Actually, if you’ve really been paying attention, you may have already heard his name.) Azazel also happens to be the son of American avant-garde film icons Ken and Flo Jacobs (who co-star in Momma’s Man), which may in part explain the playful experimentation that distinguishes his work from a lot of other young indie directors today. To get an idea of what we mean, check out this ridiculously charming short, Let’s Get Started. It’s wordless, it’s simple, it’s three minutes long, and we can’t stop watching the damn thing. —Bilge Ebiri

You may start hearing the name Azazel Jacobs a lot in the coming weeks. His wildly entertaining new feature, Momma’s Man, about a married man who comes home to New York to visit his parents and decides not to leave their apartment, was a big hit at Sundance earlier this year and opens on August 22, and he’s got a retrospective at BAM starting August 15. (Actually, if you’ve really been paying attention, you may have already heard his name.) Azazel also happens to be the son of American avant-garde film icons Ken and Flo Jacobs (who co-star in Momma’s Man), which may in part explain the playful experimentation that distinguishes his work from a lot of other young indie directors today. To get an idea of what we mean, check out this ridiculously charming short, Let’s Get Started. It’s wordless, it’s simple, it’s three minutes long, and we can’t stop watching the damn thing. —Bilge Ebiri