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Films for Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Jem made background films for Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The band is currently on tour, with Karl Lemieux running the 4-projector 16mm projection of films and loops (made by Karl, Jem, and Efrim Menuck). Some of the films are old ones used in their tours from 2000-2003, but some are new. Go to for dates.

‘Signal Fires: The Cinema of Jem Cohen’ now available

A 250 page book (in English and Spanish) with an additional 30 page gallery of color polaroid images has been released by the Punto de Vista documentary festival:
“Signal Fires. El cine de Jem Cohen/The Cinema of Jem Cohen” is available online, by phone, or at the Navarra List of Titles shop:
• By phone (Spain):  (+34) 848 427 121
• Online: List of Titles of the Government of Navarra website, Punto de Vista Collection.
(Click above link, then click on word ‘Colecciones’, then click ‘Punto de Vista’ on left hand side list, then click ‘Signal Fires’ on the bottom).

CHAIN at Museum of Modern Art, MAY 2010

MoMA will screen the feature film, CHAIN (2004, 99 min. w. Miho Nikaido and Mira Billotte) as part of the Creative Capital Film Series.

MAY 15 at 4pm (with filmmaker Q & A) and MAY 27 at 7pm (filmmaker present).


Jem will have a (nearly) complete retrospective at the Punto de Vista Documentary Festival in Pamplona, Spain, Feb. 5th – 13th. The retrospective consists of 7 programs and will be accompanied by the publication of a new, bilingual book on Cohen’s work, Signal Fires.

The retrospective will then travel to Galicia (CGAI) and Valencia (IVAC/LA FILMOTECA) – details to follow.
Cohen’s work will also be screening weekly in February at La Casa Encendida in Madrid.

ANNE TRUITT, WORKING at Hirshhorn Museum, Wash., D.C.

Jem’s short film portrait of artist, Anne Truitt; on exhibition with her major survey, now to Jan. 3, 2010

SEPT. 3 Jem Cohen Movie Nite at IFC with Guy Picciotto on board

September 3 will be the last of Jem’s current run of special programs at the IFC Theater. He will present a selection of shorts, excerpts, and excavations, with co-host and frequent collaborator, Guy Picciotto. More info to follow.

Please note, the last 2 IFC movie nites sold out well in advance. Consider buying your ticket ahead.  Thanks.


Mexico City film with live soundtrack to Chile for SANFIC film fest

A new version of Manifiesto D.F., now called Ciudad de Mexico por Azar will be presented on Aug. 20th in Santiago, Chile as part of the SANFIC film festival.  Musicians DJ Rupture, Andy Moor, Guy Picciotto, and T. Griffin will be on board, with new narration read by Juan Pablo Bastarrachea. Cohen will also give a workshop and present several evenings of screenings.

EMPIRES of TIN: NYC Premiere, IFC Center Aug. 11, with Jim Jarmusch Q & A


IFC Center,  323 6th Ave. at West 3rd st.  One night, one show only. This is the 2nd of 3 Movie Nites with Jem Cohen; the 1st sold out well in advance. Please buy ahead of time; you can also get tix in advance at the box office.

A “documentary musical hallucination” on the subject of Empire, inspired by the work of Joseph Roth and the end of the Bush dynasty. The film includes performances by Vic Chesnutt, Guy Picciotto, T. Griffin with Catherine McRae, and members of Silver Mount Zion.

After the screening, Mr. Jarmusch and Jem will discuss the film.   For more info and online ticket links:



Jem will be hosting 3 nights at New York’s IFC theater this summer, starting on Weds. July 15 at 7:30 with FILM and the FOLK / PUNK CONNECTION in which Jem will be joined by John Cohen (The High Lonesome Sound, There is No Eye) and Ian MacKaye (Evens, Fugazi, Minor Threat) for a special program of films and discussion.


Advance tickets strongly suggested:


The IFC is located at West 3rd and 6th Ave., West 4th stop on the A,C,E and F, D, B, V


Show up through April 18, 2009, at the Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th st., NYC.NEW YORK, STILL & MOVING consists of photographs and composite images which originated as Polaroids. It also includes short films. // There will be a reception on March 28th, 6-8 for Jem and Patti Smith, whose show, VEIL, runs concurrently in the gallery.March 26 will bring the Mexico city premiere of MANIFESTO D.F., an evening of Mexican city portrait films shot on 16mm, with live soundtracks by T. Griffin, Guy Picciotto, Andy Moor, DJ Rupture, and Sonido Changorama. The event is part of the 25th Festival de Mexico en el Centro Historico, which is also presenting an extensive series of Jem’s films through Cinema Global.//