Jem Cohen

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Jem Cohen was born in 1962 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Museum Hours (2012), Chain (2004) and Benjamin Smoke (2000). See full bio »

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Known For

Museum Hours Director
Chain Director
Benjamin Smoke Director
Counting Director


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 2019 Makeshift (For Mekas) (Documentary short)
 2017 Chuck Will's Widow (Documentary short)
 2016 Bury Me Not (Documentary short)
 2016 On Essex Road (Documentary short)
 2015 Counting (Documentary)
 2015 New York Night Scene (Documentary short)
 2014 The Film That Buys the Cinema (Documentary)
 2013 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 5 (Documentary short)
 2012 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 9 (Documentary short)
 2012 Museum Hours
 2012 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 6 1/2 (Documentary short)
 2012 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 10 (Documentary short)
 2012 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 7 (Documentary short)
 2012 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 5 1/2 (Documentary short)
 2012 We Have an Anchor (Short)
 2011 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 1 (Documentary short)
 2011 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 2 (Documentary short)
 2011 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 3 (Documentary short)
 2011 Gravity Hill Newsreel No. 4 (Documentary short)
 2011 R.E.M.: Oh My Heart (Music Video)
 2010 Anne Truitt, Working (Short)
 2009 Anecdotal Evidence (Documentary short)
 2009 The 8
 2009 Long for the City (Patti Smith in New York) (Documentary short)
 2007 A Tale of two Cities (Short)
 2006 Building a Broken Mousetrap (Documentary)
 2005 NYC Weights & Measures (Short)
 2004 Chain
 2003 The Best of R.E.M.: In View 1988-2003 (Video documentary) (videos "E-Bow the Letter", "Nightswimming")
 2002 Cat Power: From Fur City (Music Video)
 2002 The Foxx and Little Vic (Video short)
 2000 Little Flags (Short)
 2000 Benjamin Smoke (Documentary)
 1999 Amber City (Documentary)
 1999 Blood Orange Sky (Short)
 1999 Instrument (Documentary)
 1997 Lucky Three: An Elliott Smith Portrait (Documentary short)
 1997 Museum: Visiting the Unknown Man (Documentary short)
 1996 Lost Book Found (Documentary short)
 1995 R.E.M. Parallel (Video) (video "Nightswimming")
 1994 Buried in Light (Video)
 1993 R.E.M.: Nightswimming (Music Video)
 1991 Drink Deep (Short)
 1991 R.E.M.: Belong (Music Video)
 1991 R.E.M.: Country Feedback (Music Video)
 1991 R.E.M.: This Film Is On (Video) (videos "Belong", "Country Feedback")
 1990 R.E.M.: Pop Screen (Music Video) (video "Talk About The Passion")
 1989 Glue Man (Short)
 1989 Just Hold Still (Short)
 1989 Light Years (Documentary short)
 1988 R.E.M.: Talk About the Passion (Music Video)
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(2013-14) His multi-media show with live music, "We Have an Anchor," was a main stage production in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave series, and at London's Barbican. See more »

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I think there's a great documentary tradition predicated precisely on not knowing in advance what a film will encompass. Counting (2015) takes that road via a blend of city symphony, essay, diary - all of which, by necessity, unfold as the film is created. (For what it's worth, Museum Hours (2012) carried the same strategy into the realm of the narrative feature). That said, I had plenty of ideas... See more »


Born in Kabul, Afghanistan while his father was there working for the U.S. Agency for Information and Development.

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