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A Meeting In The Air: Jem Cohen’s "We Have An Anchor"

2 June 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Mainstream cinema culture is reluctant to reconcile the digital video versus film stock debate. As with any story of king and pretender to the throne, it is too easy to dichotomise and thus deny the possibility of a fruitful dialogue between past and future. When contrasts are characterised as oppositions, the space in between gets totally lost. Yes, film’s incumbency is on the wane and digital cinema’s ubiquity has arrived, but the instant that a paradigm shifts is hard to recognize and impossible to isolate. More likely, it is the very idea of competing film and digital aesthetics that will, in the future, be pointed to as the characteristic sentiment of the vague time during which the old film technologies were put away for good. But for now, we have purists on both sides advocating the essentialness and relevance of their chosen media, more or less to the exclusion of its alternative. »

- Tom Stevenson

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Daily | Jem Cohen in London

31 March 2015 6:20 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Tonight in London, the Barbican presents We Have an Anchor, Jem Cohen's "cinematic love letter to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton. Multiple layered film projections are interspersed with texts ranging from poems to local folklore, and buoyed by [an] alternately ethereal and epic original score written and performed by members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fugazi, Dirty Three and more." A Jem Cohen Film Season begins at Whitechapel Gallery on April 9 with a screening of Museum Hours and runs through May 28's presentation of Chain. And the Hackney Picturehouse will present Benjamin Smoke on May 17 and Instrument on May 18. All this occasions Sukhdev Sandhu's excellent profile for the Guardian. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin: Cinema Guild Buys Documentary ‘Counting’ (Exclusive)

6 February 2015 1:09 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinema Guild has bought distribution rights to Jem Cohen’s documentary “Counting” ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Cohen’s previous film, “Museum Hours,” was released by Cinema Guild in 2013. “Counting” will open in theaters later this year.

“Counting” also marks the first film to be handled by Cinema Guild’s new international sales unit, working to secure theatrical, broadcast and digital releases in international territories.

The film is comprised of 15 distinct but interconnected chapters, shot in locations from Russia to New York City to Istanbul.

“After their extraordinary work with ‘Museum Hours,’ I am thrilled to team with CG again,” Cohen said. “I consider them true comrades in film rather than mere business associates, and with ‘Counting’ I valued their input and ideas from the inception of the project.”

Cohen’s feature-length films include “Museum Hours,” “Chain,” “Benjamin Smoke,” “Instrument” and “Evening’s Civil Twilight in Empires of Tin. »

- Dave McNary

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