Jem Cohen

Moving Image, 2000

New York filmmaker Jem Cohen’s work includes Benjamin Smoke, Amber City, Lost Book Found, Instrument (with the band Fugazi – 1999), and Buried in Light. His films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Edinburgh, the Viennale, and Cinematexas. He has had retrospectives at venues including the NFT (London), Oberhausen (Germany), Gijon Film Festival (Spain), and the Berlin Arsenal. His work has been broadcast on PBS, ZDF/ARTE, the BBC, the Sundance Channel, and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Screen Gallery at Federation Square (Melbourne).

Awards and Accomplishments


 Jem Cohen presents We Have an Anchor at BAM's Next Wave Festival


Cohen screens work at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

2005: Cohen receives CalArts Alpert Award

2003: Cohen receives MacDowell Colony Residency

2003: Cohen receives NEA Grant

2002: Cohen is Artist-in-Residence at Eyebeam Moving Image

2001: Cohen receives John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship