Benjamin Smoke :: The Jem Cohen Documentary


The talking head on CNN just used the term ‘polar vortex’ to describe the freezing temperatures presently gripping much of the continental US. Sounds like a CAN outtake, no? Anyway, I was back in Atlanta during the holidays, where it’s presently 7 degrees, driving around the old neighborhood and remembered this nugget: filmmaker Jem Cohen’s Benjamin Smoke documentary from 2000 — a project that spanned a decade in the making.

The film is presently out of print, but for those of you trapped indoors, a number of sequences can be found on Youtube and the like. And if you are new to Benjamin, here’s something I penned in 2010 regarding Smoke’s 1994 debut, Heaven On A Popsicle Stick.

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