City

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 6

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on October 24, 2011.  Newsreel captures a large General Assembly meeting and smaller working groups meeting in public atrium.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 7

 

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 2, 2011.  Newsreel captures Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans march and rally nad General Assembly guest speaker.

Director, Camera, Edit: Jem Cohen, Soundtrack music:  Guy Picciotto

This title is also available on Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series Two.

2011
Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 8

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 15 and 16, 2011. Newsreel captures police raid on the park and its aftermath.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 9

Newsreel footage of Occupy Wall Street protest home base at Zuccotti Park / Libery Square on November 17, 2011.  Newsreel captures the park on the morning of Occupy Wall Street Day of Action, two days after police raid on the encampement.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, No. 1

Five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot in New York during the Fall of 2011. 

Available for Exhibition, with Series Two.  Artist can consult on installation specifications.

2011
Jem Cohen, Gravity Hill Newsreels: Occupy Wall Street, Series One

Five short impressions of Occupy Wall Street, shot in New York during the Fall of 2011. 

AVAILABLE FOR EXHIBITION, WITH SERIES One.  ARTIST CAN CONSULT ON INSTALLATION SPECIFICATIONS.

2013
Helianthus Corner Blues

There is no better place to meet people than in the temporary community which gathers under a scant awning on a New York street in a downpour.

 

2013
Basma Alsharif, Home Movies Gaza

Home Movies Gaza introduces us to the Gaza Strip as a mircrocosm for the failure of civilization. In an attempt to describe the everyday of a place that struggles for the most basic of human rights, this video claims a perspective from within the domestic spaces of a territory that is complicated, derelict, and altogether impossible to separate from its political identity.

"... Basma Alsharif’s Home Movies Gaza, a film that captures the impossibly politicized domestic sphere of the Gaza Strip, under the constant hum and buzz of overhead drones."

2012
Matt Wolf, I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard

Modesty, whimsy, and clarity of design grace the work of Joe Brainard (1941-1994), an artist and writer whose evocations of memory and desire perhaps found their greatest expression in his memoir-poem I Remember.

2002
Cecilia Dougherty, Kevin & Cedar

I arranged a visit to poet/novelist Kevin Killian’s South of Market apartment in San Francisco to shoot a portrait of him, and when I arrived he had a guest, poet Cedar Sigo. They had corresponded earlier, but were meeting for the first time, and Cedar agreed to participate in our video shoot. This is perhaps the least planned, most verité and documentary of the videos about writers so far. Our immediate plan was for Kevin to read one of Cedar’s poems and for Cedar to read one by Kevin.

1998
Cecilia Dougherty, Laurie

Laurie was inspired by Laurie Weeks’ uncanny ability to simultaneously embody her characters and write them from a clear distance. The text in question is just a few paragraphs from a draft of the novel Zipper Mouth, more than ten years in the making, and published by the Feminist Press.

2009
Jem Cohen, Le Bled (Buildings in a Field)

A collaboration with writer Luc Sante made in Tangier, Morocco, a city where neither of us had ever been. En route from the airport to the city center, we found ourselves amazed by the landscape outside of the car windows; a massive construction project under way in all directions. While not in itself unusual, we were by struck dumb by the epic scale and seemingly incomprehensible plan of the development and were drawn to return together to this puzzling zone.

-- Jem Cohen

2008
Long for the City

Long for the City is a short portrait of Patti Smith in the city where she lives. Patti recites the very first poem-song she ever wrote, and then a later one, "Prayer", from the early 1970s. We take a walk in her changing neighborhood, and I ask her what she saw. Footage was shot in the moment, as well as drawn from the archive I've gathered over many years. Long for the City can be considered a non-musical companion piece to the music short, Spirit, which we collaborated on in 2007.

1996
Lost Book Found

The result of over five years of Super-8 and 16mm filming on New York City streets, Lost Book Found melds documentary and narrative into a complex meditation on city life. The piece revolves around a mysterious notebook filled with obsessive listings of places, objects, and incidents. These listings serve as the key to a hidden city: a city of unconsidered geographies and layered artifacts—the relics of low-level capitalism and the debris of countless forgotten narratives. The project stems from the filmmaker's first job in New York—working as a pushcart vendor on Canal Street.

2001
Lost Sound

Lost Sound documents fragments of discarded audio tape found by the artists within a small area of East London, combining the sound retrieved from each piece of tape with images of the place where it was found. The work explores the potential of chance, creating portraits of particular places by building formal, narrative, and musical connections between images and sounds, linked by the random discoveries of the tape samples.