Jem Cohen

Feature length projects include Museum Hours, We Have an Anchor, Chain, Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, and Counting (2015 Berlin Film Festival premiere). Shorts include Lost Book Found, Anne Truitt - Working, and the Gravity Hill Newsreels. Cohen has made more than 65 films, and over 40 have been accepted into the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His films have been broadcast by PBS, Arte, and the Sundance Channel. He has had retrospectives at London’s Whitechapel Gallery and the Oberhausen, Gijon, and Punto de Vista film festivals. Grants include Guggenheim, Creative Capital, Rockefeller, and the Alpert Award in the Arts. He has collaborated with musicians including Patti Smith, Fugazi, R.E.M., Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Terry Riley, DJ Rupture, and the Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante. His still photographs have shown at Robert Miller Gallery, SF Camerawork, and were highlighted in The New York Times. We Have an Anchor, a multimedia documentary with live soundtrack, played on the main stages at London’s Barbican and BAM’s Next Wave series. An installation version was installed in 2015 at the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art. Cohen was extensively involved in overturning restrictions on street photography/filming in New York City. He has taught courses at SUNY Purchase and the International Center of Photography.