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Jem Cohen shorts

Jem Cohen shortsJem Cohen shorts

I have been lucky enough to see Jem Cohen’s film on a big screen (and meet him briefly). A traditional avant-garde filmmaker (try explaining that to yourself) whose work has been widely hailed within the NY art community. His shooting style is somewhere between an historian and a collage artist. Little pieces of the wonderful everyday, celebration of odd coincidences. Remember the white plastic bag scene from American Beauty, it was ripped from one of Cohen’s shorts, where the entire film was about this magical, graceful white plastic bag. Though that film has not made its way to Youtube, some of his other work has.

Glueman – Classic Cohen, his ability to be at the right place at the right time.

Lucky Three – A short film on Elliott Smith (Hunter, you can thank me later).

Benjamin Smoke (part 1 & part 2) – Raw portrait about an under-appreciated musician. Part 2 is especially interesting with the locals getting more face time. This isn’t the entire film but two pieces from it.

Buy Elliott Smith CD’s or Benjamin Smoke on Amazon.


One Response to “Jem Cohen shorts”

  1. DeK on August 18th, 2006 10:32 am

    Got Lucky 3 on my hard drive from a long time and I never took the time to watch it…