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Beacon Film Society: Museum Hours

Tue, Jun 24, 2014
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


We are most excited to present an extraordinary film and one of the most critically-acclaimed works in years: Jem Cohen’s Museum Hours.

One of American cinema’s leading experimental filmmakers, Jem worked with a crew of one to seven people, with no gaffer or grips, script person, location manager, or caterer. He used only existing natural and artificial light for shooting, and before production began, shot for weeks on the streets of Vienna with a wind-up 16mm Bolex. Conversations between actors are often improvised.

Museum Hours (Trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo.

When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world.

“Quietly amazing.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Rapturous. A film of such intelligence and originality that ‘radical’ seems the only accurate word.” – Calum Marsh, Village Voice

$5 @ door

Please RSVP to info@beaconfilmsociety.org
RSVPs have reserved seats up to 10 minutes prior to film screening.

About Jem Cohen
New York-based Jem Cohen is one of American cinema’s leading experimental filmmakers, whose 37-minute short Lost Book Found is a film studies classic. NYC’s Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum include his films in their collections and London’s NFT, BAFICI, Oberhausen, Gijon and Spain’s Punto de Vista have shown retrospectives of his work.

Cohen is also well known for his on-screen collaborations with musicians including R.E.M., Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Gil Shaham/Orpheus Orchestra, the Ex, and the late Vic Chesnutt. Instrument, his film collaboration with D.C. punk band Fugazi is still considered one of the best documentaries about musicians at work. His most recent “assemblage,” We Have An Anchor, world-premiered at the 2013 BAM Next Wave Festival.

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