Jem Cohen "NYC Weights and Measures"

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In NYC Weights and Measures (2006), Jem Cohen chronicles a city that exudes noise and bustle, balanced with beauty and tranquility. A compendium of street footage, the video shows a ticker-tape parade, street musicians, the above and under ground. Cohen writes, “Sometimes I just wander around with my camera -- I like to see what comes around the corner, and sometimes I just like the corner itself.”

Jem Cohen is a New York-based filmmaker who mixes documentary, narrative, and experimental genres, often building from his own ongoing archive of street footage, portraits and sound. Cohen’s work has been featured at various festivals and on television. His feature film Chain premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, was broadcast on Arte and the Sundance Channel and won an Independent Spirit Award. Benjamin Smoke, co-directed with Peter Sillen, was selected for festivals including Berlin, Edinburgh, Melbourne, London, and Vancouver.

[Image: Jem Cohen (American, b. 1962) Screenshot from "NYC Weights and Measures", (2006) 16mm on DVD 06:15 m Courtesy of the artist]



from November 04, 2011 to March 25, 2012


Jem Cohen

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