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EMPIRES OF TIN available on dvd !

EVENING’S CIVIL TWILIGHT IN EMPIRES OF TIN has been released on dvd through Constellation Records. Please support this independent release featuring music by Vic Chesnutt, Guy Picciotto, Silver Mount Zion, T. Griffin and Catherine McRae. For details and ordering, see:


LONG FOR THE CITY (10 min., 2008) plays at MoMA

LONG FOR THE CITY  (9 minutes) made in collaboration with Patti Smith in 2008, will show at the Museum of Modern Art in a program of recent works shot on Super 8 (it’s part of their Documentary Fortnight series). Thursday, February 12, 2009, 8:00 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (New York premiere. Discussion with filmmakers) Thursday, February 19, 2009, 6:00 p.m., Theater 2, T2


Six collaborative film projects with Patti Smith are now on view as part of her exhibition at Fondation Cartier. The show runs 28 March to June 22nd. Most films/installations are premieres.
Long for the City (9:10, 2008)
For Walter Benjamin (9:59, 2008)
Spirit ((7:30 – Long version of the Smells Like Teen Spirit film from 2007)
Notebooks (diptych, 17 min., 2008)
The Coral Sea (2008 installation version; Words Patti Smith, Guitar: Kevin Shields, Images: Jem Cohen)
Rene Daumal (New Film directed by Patti Smith; Camera: Jem Cohen)


Jem will present a program of projected films for live music, EVENING’S CIVIL TWILIGHT IN EMPIRES OF TIN, at the Viennale
(Vienna Film Festival) on Nov.1st. He will be joined for the project by Vic Chesnutt, members of Silver Mt. Zion, Guy Picciotto, T.Griffin and Catherine McRae.
A dvd of this show is currently in the works.

New Vic Chesnutt Record

Jem co-produced the new Vic Chesnutt record, “North Star Deserter,” now out on Constellation records.
Vic is backed by members of Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, and HangedUp, as well as Guy Picciotto from Fugazi, Chad Jones, Nadia Moss, and T.Griffin.
It isn’t a film, but it is epic. Please support this independent release.

New Patti Smith Film

The new film commissioned for Patti Smith’s cover version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” now online.

New online short

Shortfilm, FREE (2007, 16mm, 60 seconds) is now online at: or on