• One of the “peasants”

If you missed Ken Jacobs’s stunning Seeking the Monkey King when it played at the Onion City Film Festival in June, this weekend offers another chance to catch some of the filmmaker’s work on a big screen. Urban Peasants, an hour-long piece that Jacobs first presented in 1975, screens Sunday at 7 PM at Cinema Borealis (1550 N. Milwaukee) as part of a program titled “Home Movies and the Avant-Garde,” which was curated by the Northwest Chicago Film Society and Chicago Film Archives. Jacobs is one of the country’s most important living experimental filmmakers; his work conveys bottomless curiosity about American history and cinema’s formal properties—often both at once. As Fred Camper wrote in the Reader of Tom, Tom the Piper’s Son (1969), the director’s celebrated reconfiguration of a 1905 short film, “Jacobs teaches us how to resee almost any film, by mentally reframing its images or changing the speed of its action.”