Jem Cohen

New York-based director Jem Cohen's feature-length films include Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument and Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin. Among his short films are Lost Book Found, Amber City, Little Flags and Anne Truitt - Working. Cohen's films are included in the collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum and have been broadcast by PBS, Arte and the Sundance Channel. Retrospectives have been dedicated to him by London's NFT, BAFICI, Oberhausen, Gijon and Spain's Punto de Vista. His recent projects include the Gravity Hill Newsreels (about the "Occupy Wall Street" protest movement) and We Have an Anchor, a portrait of Cape Breton Island. He has collaborated with numerous musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Gil Shaham/ Orpheus Orchestra, R.E.M., Vic Chesnutt and The Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante.


Filmpgraphy  (only projects of at least 60 min.)

  • 2012: Gravity Hill Newsreels (series of 12 interconnected mini-Documentaries)
  • 2008: Evening's Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin
  • 2006: The Ex: Building a Broken Mousetrap 
  • 2004: Chain
  • 2000: Benjamin Smoke (Co-directed with Peter Sillen)
  • 1999 Instrument 
  • 1994: Buried in Light