Filmmaker Jem Cohen has made more than 40 films, including “Chain,” “Benjamin Smoke,” “Empires of Tin,” “Lost Book Found” and “Instrument.” His work is in the collections of MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Cohen’s latest film project is “We Have an Anchor,” a documentary-based, interdisciplinary hybrid built from footage he gathered in Nova Scotia over the course of the past decade, coupled with live music and texts ranging from poems and folklore to mundane local newspaper fragments and scientific research. As an artist who has explored and deplored the disappearance of regional character brought on by corporate-driven homogeneity, the discovery of Cape Breton was a revelation for Cohen, who describes it as a place as beautiful as any he has ever seen throughout his travels, but one that remains elusive and deeply “itself.”
“We Have an Anchor” will have its premiere at EMPAC at RPI in Troy at 8pm on Friday (April 27). And for Friday’s presentation, the live musical accompaniment will feature a very special all-star cast of indie rock mavericks, including Guy Picciotto (of Fugazi), Efrim Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), T. Griffin, Jim White (Dirty Three), Jessica Moss (Silver Mt. Zion) and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor).
Expect a visual and sonic exploration that evokes a palpable sense of place.
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