Jem Cohen at the 2015 Essay Film Festival

This recording comes from a conversation between Jem Cohen and Kieron Corless following a screening of Lost Book Found (Jem Cohen, 1996, USA).

Jem Cohen is a political flâneur and poetic bricoleur, assembling his films from fragments shot at street level the world over. His work since the early 1980s has encompassed music videos, newsreels, documentaries and feature films. In Lost Book Found the discovery of a mysterious notebook serves as the key to a hidden New York, a meditation on forgotten narratives and the relics of late capitalism.

Kieron Corless is Deputy Editor of Sight & Sound. He is the co-author with Chris Darke of Cannes: Inside the World’s Greatest Film Festival (Faber & Faber), and has written on film and television for various other outlets. He has been a member of numerous international film festival juries, and has worked as a film programmer and advisor for several institutions.

Below are some fragments from some of Jem Cohen’s oeuvre and other articles on the filmmaker:

Counting (2015):

Lucky Three: An Elliott Smith Portrait (1997):

Chain Reactions (2005) by Kieron Corless:…n-reactions/

A Chain Letter to the Future (2002) by Kieron Corless:…-the-future/

Just Hold Still: A Conversation with Jem Cohen (2000) by Rhys Graham:

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