1. untitled projection


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    A few seconds of the project Michael Ackerman screened at The Half King Photography Series on April 22. The talk was given by filmmaker Jem Cohen. Spanning 20 years of Ackerman's photography, "untitled projection" moves through different bodies of work from various places: New York, Atlanta, Paris, Havana, Berlin, and Poland. It includes pictures of strangers and people Ackerman is intimate with. It attempts to join and re-edit different stories to form a somewhat cinematic, yet non-linear narrative. It is both autobiographical and not.

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    • VISTAS


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      28/11/14 Pontevedra Video-diario; píldora experimental inspirada en el director afgano Jem Cohen

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      • Fragmento #32 / Museum Hours (Jem Cohen, 2012)


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        • Museum Hours / Ziyaret Saatleri


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          2012 Yönetmen / Director: Jem Cohen Senaryo / Writers: Jem Cohen, Natalie Lettner Oyuncular / Stars: Mary Margaret O'Hara, Bobby Sommer, Ela Piplits

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          • The case of the flying plasticbag


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            So which film showed a much longer and more beautiful flight of a plasticbag first? No, it was not "American Beauty". 3 years before Sam Mendes, it was JEM COHEN who originally showed us his take on "so much beauty in the world" - in his brilliantly enigmatic short film LOST BOOK FOUND. Here is someone who noticed and compared: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4721388/Do-you-recognise-this-scene.html Of course, a no-name white plasticbag represents only the least glamourous part of capitalist mass production: An unoriginal piece of nondecaying garbage that everyone consumes, and that noone would need to proudly claim as theirs. But in the art world, it´s just things like these that lend themselves for an almost alchemist process of value creation: Whover signs it, owns it and can exhibit it as his (Duchamps "fountain" set the example). In the filmic plastic bag case of course, things are more complex, because both the original author (Cohen) and the plagiator(Mendes) didn´t have dadaist concept art in mind, but used the flying bag as a poetic metaphor; both use poetic transformation and therefore claim authorship. (Which is prove to the thesis that it´s context, not content which matters, when discussing copyright and the value of original creative inventions...) The difference, though, is, that in Cohens approach, the metaphor is taken from the gritty everyday-life of the first person narrator, who reflects on his life as a street vendor - a piece of poetic realism, and proof for the self-reliance of low budget filmmakers, who prowdly own nothing but time. In Mendes´case, the opposite is true: The plastic bag works like an anarchist invader in the obsessively consumerist world of the film. And, as an aphorism stolen from subculture, it now serves Mendes in providing a surprising and beautiful exit from Kevin Spaceys deadly middleclass world... * * * Footnote 1 - LOST BOOK FOUND: The entire video can be found here on vimeo. Does "Maya Deren", who posted it, have any license for showing it ? Footnote 2 - regarding correct licensing: To create the deja vu sound in my own plastic bag video, I used two sounds from free sound.org that I´d like to credit, even though I don´t know yet how to comply with creative commons correctly. The short harp sound can be found at http://freesound.org/people/briandkatz/sounds/221275/, and the longer music box sound at http://freesound.org/people/fran_ky/sounds/52261/. Thanks.

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            • EMPAC Fall 2011 - Spring 2012


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              A Selection of excerpts from the Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 program. *Céleste Boursier-Mougenot *Kònic thtr *Guy Madden *Jason Lescalleet + Graham Lambkin *Caboladies *Keith Fullerton Whitman *Jon Hopkins *Four Tet *Phantom Limb *Shantala Shivalingappa *Francis and the Lights *Japanther *Poor Dog Group *JACK Quartet *Rodrigo Pardo *Bárbara Foulkes *Lucky Dragons *Annie Dorsen *Jean-François Peyret *Talea Ensemble *John Zorn *Peter Edwards + Sabisha Friedberg *Sarah Neufeld *Tyshawn Sorey *Colin Stetson *Kota Yamazaki *SUE-C + AGF *Susan Sgorbati *Wally Cardona + Jennifer Lacey *Jem Cohen *Pauline Oliveros http://empac.rpi.edu/

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              • Bi' çırpıda !f 2014 / !f 2014 in a nutshell


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                !f 2014'ten kalanlar... / A short recap for !f 2014. Video Production: Uluc Kecik

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                • Jem Cohen'in Gravity Hill'i


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                  • Trailer: INSTRUMENT (One Nite Only)


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                    For One Nite Only, Nitehawk Cinema and Noisey present the Fugazi documentary INSTRUMENT. Filmmaker Jem Cohen in person! A beautiful mix of visuals from 16mm, 8mm, and video shot by Jem Cohen melds with sync-sound by the legendary Washington D.C. band Fugazi in the stunning documentary, Instrument. Wholly original, you wouldn’t expect Fugazi to do anything traditional and their documentary is no exception. Covering a ten year period, from 1987-1996, Instrument provides access to stage shows, rehearsals, recording sessions and interviews with their fans. It extends beyond a portrait of a band and bleeds into a specific time period in music that is so close to many hearts. Named after one of the songs on their 1993 album In On the Kill Taker, the documentary also spawned one of the best soundtracks in history.

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                    • Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then - First look at the Book


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                      This is the Book/DVD/Blu-ray of the Brent Green's film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then Synopsis: Through hand-drawn and live action stop-motion animation, Brent Green’s Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then tells the true story of a man named Leonard who fought against reason and nature to create a miracle that would save his wife from illness. Heartbreaking, darkly humorous, and philosophically challenging, Green contemplates everything from the power of human will and the futility of our actions to the vastness of space and the existence of God. Nearly impossible to see in its original theatrical version, this film presents a live performance of Gravity with Green and his band—Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Todd Chandler (Dark Dark Dark), Drew Henkels (Drew and the Medicinal Pen), Donna K, Mike McGinley, and Alan Scalpone—as well as footage shot by American filmmaker Jem Cohen (Benjamin Smoke, Instrument, Museum Hours).

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