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DOWN IN THE STREET: Screening and Q&A with filmmaker JEM COHEN, March 25 @ 1pm



Monday, Mar 25 at 1 PM

Kellen Auditorium, Ground Floor, 66 Fifth Avenue


Screening and Q&A with filmmaker JEM COHEN

Cohen gives the audience the supreme gift of time, shaping it to create a valuable and enduring portrait of the way we live now. (Anne Hornaday, Washington Post)

He is one of New York’s – and America’s – most fervent contemporary cataloguers and critics. (Isabel Stevens, Frieze Magazine)

Join us Monday for the special screening with a longtime friend of our program, independent filmmaker Jem Cohen. For this occasion, Jem has prepared a selection of his politically engaged street documentaries. Featured in this program will be Gravity Hill Newsreels, Cohen’s observations of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protests, as well as excerpts from his recent essay/city symphony film Counting and shorts such as Birth of a Nation, This Climate, NYC Weights and Measures and others.

Armed with a camera – on foot and mostly alone – Jem has roamed the streets and public spaces of cities around the world creating records that blur the lines between personal and political. In this program, we will investigate the position of a documentary filmmaker as both an onlooker and politically-minded citizen.

Cohen’s feature-length films include Museum Hours, Counting, Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and World Without End (No Reported Incidents). Shorts include Lost Book Found, Little Flags, and Anne Truitt – Working. His films are in the collections of NYC’s Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Jewish Museum, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, and Melbourne’s Screen Gallery. They have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. He’s had retrospectives at Harvard Film Archive, London’s Whitechapel Gallery, Indielisboa, BAFICI, Oberhausen, Gijon, and Punto de Vista Film Festivals.

He is a Guggenheim, Alpert, and Rockefeller Fellow, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, SJ Weiler Fund, the Jerome Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York Foundation for the Arts. Awards include the Independent Spirit Award and San Francisco Film Society’s Persistence of Vision Award.

Cohen has worked extensively with musicians including Patti Smith, Fugazi, Terry Riley, R.E.M., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and many others.

Please join us for this screening and Q&A, hosted and moderated by Amir Husak, Director of Documentary Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Media Studies.

Presented by the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies


School of Media Studies

The New School

DOC TALK LOGO designed by Laura Salaberry

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