If you live in the Los Angeles area, I’d highly recommend driving down Fairfax to catch the films of Jem Cohen, screening tomorrrow, August 12 at 8pm. Included in this mini film festival will be an original 16mm print of Lucky 3, Cohen’s beautiful portrait of Elliott Smith. Please come support this amazing independent theatre (besides, the sound isn’t synced very well in this youtube video, so it’s well worth seeing it in its full glory).
Filming always, and everywhere, Jem Cohen has collected countless hours of poetic images of the universe on 16mm. His films give us insight into our world–they challenge us to stop, to focus. In his rarely-seen feature Chain, he shows how the bleak specifics of where we live, shop and eat deplete our relationship with character and personal identity. Actual malls, theme parks, hotels and corporate centers worldwide are joined into a monolithic “superlandscape” that shapes and circumscribes the lives of two distinct inhabitants: one a businesswoman researching the international theme park industry for her home company, and the other a young drifter, illegally living and working on the fringes of a shopping mall. Preceding Chain are three lyrical short films by Cohen: the political statement Little Flags, the ode to travel Blessed Are The Dreams Of Men, and the beautiful Lucky 3, a portrait of Elliott Smith.
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036