Jem Cohen: one of the Independent Heroes of 2017

In the 14th IndieLisboa, we pay homage to one of the most prolific film directors of contemporary cinema and we dedicate part of the program to his impressive career and filmography. Jem Cohen, director and artist, is the person behind short films, documentaries, fiction films, instalations and photography exhibitions and some of his films are part of the collection at MoMA and the Whitney Museum of New York. Although he has only received one American grant since 2004, Jem Cohen has directed over 70 films throughout his career and his independent spirit is noticeable in his work. His films are edited in an intuitive way and evoke other times and places, alongside their ghosts, taking advantage of uncommon formats like Super 8 and 16 mm. After Smells Like Teen Spirit and Museum Hours were screened at IndieLisboa in 2008 and 2013, we screen this year 13 of Cohen’s films. The Guardian called Counting – one of the films which holds a place in this year’s program – “one of those rare films that may change the way you view the world” and we could almost say the same about his whole body of work.

Program
Lost Book Found (37 min, 1996)
Lucky Three (11 min, 1997)
Instrument (115 min, 1999)
Benjamin Smoke (73 min, 2000)
Little Flags (6 min, 2000)
Chain (99 min, 2004)
NYC Weights and Measures (5 min, 2005)
Long for the City (9 min, 2008)
Night Scene New York (9 min, 2009)
Museum Hours (107 min, 2012)
Counting (111 min, 2015)
World Without End (No Reported Incidents) (57 min, 2016)
Crossing Paths with Luce Vigo (12 min, 2016)
Birth of a Nation (10 min, 2017)

IndieLisboa takes place between May 3rd – 14th. Tickets will be sold starting from April 19th.