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John Cohen is one of America's pre-eminent documentary filmmakers. He was a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, which from 1958 to 1979 performed and recorded traditional folk music and influenced many other musicians, including Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, and Ry Cooder.
He is also a noted still photographer, and he has exhibited at museums and galleries around the world and recently produced an extraordinary book of his photographs, titled There Is No Eye: John Cohen Photographs.
In the early 1960s he began to make films on indigenous music, tracing its roots in ancient cultures and exploring its contemporary social role in several countries, particularly Peru and the United States. Since then he has produced a remarkable series of documentary films that have been acclaimed by scholars and critics and won awards and honors at festivals and academic conferences worldwide.
His films are particularly noted for their visual richness and their deep understanding of the links between culture, music, art, and religion. His films are rich in detail and full of vitality, and they are appreciated by scholars and enjoyed by general audiences. Berkeley Media LLC is proud to be the exclusive distributor of John Cohen's works.