Late City Final - 2005 Fellowship
A combined documentary and narrative exploring Times Square/42nd St. as an epicenter of both the American Dream and its failures, using footage shot from the 1980s to the present to reveal a citys lost personal history.
Lost Book Found (1996) - 1995 Fellowship
Length: 36 min.
A visual essay about city life, built from over five years of street footage from New York City, and inspired by the filmmakers job as a pushcart vendor.
NYFA Artists Fellowship/Artist-in-Residence, Harvestworks/First prize, Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)/First prize, Bonn Vedeonale (Germany)/First prize, International Review of Social Documentary Film Festival Dei Popoli (Italy)/First Prize, Biennale Film Arc (Austria)/First Prize, Experimental Category, Athens Film and Video Festival (Ohio)/Director's Choice Award, Charlotte Film and Video Festival (NC)
PBS's New Television/Reel New York, WNET (NY)/Planete, French Cable (France)/Free Speech TV, Boulder (CO)
London Festival of the Moving Image (UK)/Pandaemonium Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK)/
Olympia Film Festival, Washington/Squeaky Wheel (NY)/NYU/ European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck (Canada)/Rotterdam Film Festival (the Netherlands)/Virginia Film Festival (VA)/Athens Film and Video Festival (OH)/Bonn Videonale (Germany)/Festival Dei Popoli (Italy)/Film Arc Graz (Austria)/Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland)/Febio Fest (Prague)/
San Francisco International Film Festival (CA)/Charlotte Film and Video Festival (NC)/unspecified festivals
Museum of Modern Art (NY)/Portland Museum (OR)/Pacific Film Archives (Berkeley, CA)/Lincoln Center (NY)/Mint Museum, Charlotte (NC)
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Blessed Are the Dreams of Men (2006)
Building a Broken Mousetrap (2006)
NYC Weights & Measures (2005)
Benjamin Smoke (2000)
Little Flags (2000)
Blood Orange Sky (2000)
Amber City (1999)
Lost Book Found (1996)
Buried In Light (1994)
Drink Deep (1991)
Just Hold Still (1989)
This is A History of New York (1988)
Chain X Three (2002)
Buried Light (1994)
Black Hole Radio (1992)
Jem Cohen is a New York-based filmmaker who mixes documentary, narrative, and experimental genres, often building from his own ongoing archive of street footage, portraits and sound. His works have screened at festivals including Berlin, Rotterdam and Vancouver, and have won prizes at Locarno, Festival Dei Popoli and the Full Frame Documentary Festival, among others. The feature, Chain, won a 2005 Independent Spirit Award. Cohens films are in the collections of New Yorks Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, and have shown at venues including the Whitney Biennial and Londons ICA. He has received a number of grants and other honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Capital grant, the Alpert Award in the Arts, and residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.
April, May, June 2008
Jem Cohen’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was shown at the Seattle International Film Festival and New York Underground Film Festival, and it was entered into the International Competition section of the Oberhausen Film Festival. At the request of Patti Smith, Cohen made this short film for the release of her cover version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” providing a domestic portrait of Smith and her son Jackson. Cohen’s Little Flags was also shown in the New York Underground Film Festival, as part of a retrospective series of the festival’s memorable works.
January, February, March 2008
Jem Cohen’s Smells Like Teen Spirit was shown at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, in March. At the request of Patti Smith, Cohen made this short film for the release of her cover version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” providing a domestic portrait of Smith and her son Jackson. This short was also shown in February at Philadelphia’s International House, co-presented by the Small Change Screening Series, along with Building a Broken Mousetrap, Cohen’s portrait of the Dutch band The Ex.
October, November, December 2007
Jem Cohen provided three trailers for the Viennale Film Festival, in October. The black and white urban landscapes of A Tale of Two Cities, War Machine and Untitled New York were shown multiple times throughout the festival.