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Instrument -- A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996. Far from a traditional documentary, this is a musical document; a portrait of musicians at work. The project mixes sync-sound, 16mm.


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A collaboration between filmmaker Jem Cohen and the Washington D.C. band Fugazi, covering the 10 year period of 1987-1996... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Brendan Canty ... Himself (Fugazi)
Joe Lally ... Himself (Fugazi)
Ian MacKaye ... Himself (Fugazi)
Guy Picciotto ... Himself (Fugazi)

Directed by
Jem Cohen 
Original Music by
Brendan Canty 
Joe Lally 
Ian MacKaye 
Guy Picciotto 
Cinematography by
Jem Cohen (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jem Cohen 
Sound Department
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Pellicciotto .... live audio engineering: Fugazi
Joey Picuri .... live audio engineering: Fugazi
Camera and Electrical Department
Corky DeVault .... assistant camera
Sam Henriques .... additional camera: 16 mm
John Pirozzi .... additional camera: 16 mm
Dave Redman .... additional camera operator: video
Geoff Sanoff .... additional camera operator: video
Jim Spellman .... additional camera operator: video
Rob Swain .... electrician
Editorial Department
Daniel Gabbe .... editorial assistant
Tim Maffia .... additional post-production assistant
Other crew
Lance Bangs .... production assistant
Rick Fiest .... on-line engineer
Michael Alan Spiller .... additional footage (as Michael Spiller)

Additional Details

UK:115 min

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Factual errors: During the "ticket line, Trenton, New Jersey" scene, the year is incorrectly listed as 1991. This was filmed in 1993.See more »
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Referenced in El fulgor (2002)See more »


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Evolution, 3 August 2000
Author: GM Sukara from Los Angeles

This documentary is something of a pinnacle for Fugazi and Jem Cohen. Cohen has long been artistically involved with Fugazi, and now he has pieced together this documentary. The film jumps around and swirls with the music, getting more choppy and spacey as the band itself becomes more experimental. It is as if the film is evolving with the subject. At times, Instrument can be a long haul, but it is well worth it.

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