Long for the City

Jem Cohen

2008 | 00:09:10 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo | 4:3 | Film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Artist Spaces, City, Music

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. It had its premier as an installation in Patti Smith's show, Land 250, and Fondation Cartier in Paris.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Curtas Film Festival, Villa do Conde, Portugal, 2009

Recontres Internationale, Paris, 2009

Rio de Janiero, Curta Cinema, 2009

Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2009

Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, 2010

Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, 2010

Seoul International Film Festival, 2010

Queer City Cinema, 2010


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