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Inside The Jeff Keen Archives

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 14, 2010

In addition to being an acclaimed, legendary underground British filmmaker, Jeff Keen is also quite the prolific artist. Take a small look at his extensive and immense collection of artwork he’s produced over his lifetime. Keen rifles through his broadsides, sketches, poems, photographs, 3-D collage sculptures and more in this 7-minute trip down his artistic memory lane.

Keen is a British national treasure and should be treated as such. Alas, as with a sad amount of great artists, he’s had some troubles in his later years, which I wrote about earlier this year. (Also go to that link to watch his most famous film, Marvo Movies, which is absolutely brilliant.)

He’s been ill with cancer, got evicted from his home and the state of his archives is that, well, they’re not very well archived, as you can see in the above clip. Some filmmakers are helping him sort through his collection and figure out what’s the best way to preserve it. But, it’s a monumental task.

You can also check out some of Keen’s artwork on his official website and buy a Blu-ray box set of his films from the British Film Institute.

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