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World Without End (No Reported Incidents)

Thursday, April 06, 2017
6:30 p.m.

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Friday, April 07, 2017
6:00 p.m.
YBCA Screening Room

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Sunday, April 16, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Guests Expected

Director Jem Cohen expected.


The poetic, political imagery that has made Jem Cohen an iconoclastic American treasure is on full display in his recent work. World Without End (No Reported Incidents), a portrait of Southend-on-Sea, a working-class British resort town near London gently leads us into a forgotten Britain where the unspoken specter of Brexit looms over all. Cohen visits the town and finds something typical for him: a poetry of sorts that lets small details—a look, a sound, an impromptu conversation—amplify and transform into something touching and beautiful. The people Cohen interviews—including a young student, aging members of a pub rock band, the owner of a classic hat company, and the owner of an Indian restaurant—and his unique approach to filmmaking, where he lingers on scenes of public passageways, storefronts, and moments of “everyday” doings, elevate the town into something unforgettable. Two equally memorable shorts accompany the feature: In Birth of a Nation, Cohen takes his camera to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration and to the next day’s protests, while in Bury Me Not, Cohen spotlights New York City and its changing vibrancy. —Jonathan Curiel

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Jem Cohen has described what he does as “essay films,” but his movies don’t offer overt opinions. Instead, Cohen’s documentaries are collected fragments of a narrative and poetic order, like his acclaimed film Counting (Festival 2016), which subtly addresses such subjects as gentrification, political protests, and global interconnectedness. In a 30-year career, Cohen has won such honors as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Alpert Award in the Arts. PBS and the Sundance Channel have broadcast his movies, which are in the collections of MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2013, he received the Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 77
  • Director(s): Jem Cohen
  • Producer(s): Gravity Hill, Estuary 2016, Metal
  • Writer(s): Jem Cohen
  • Cinematographer(s): Jem Cohen
  • Editor(s): Jem Cohen

Print Source:
Grasshopper Film
12 E. 32nd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10016