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“Thoughtful and well-informed” — LUCID DREAMING reviewed by Ultra Dogme

Monday, January 4th, 2021

“Introduced me to a number of artists working under the radar.”

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“You Can’t Just Come With a Camera and Shoot” — LUCID DREAMING author Pamela Cohn’s interview with Ulrike Ottinger featured in Variety

Monday, November 30th, 2020

Ulrike Ottinger Reflects on Life as a Nomad Director

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“Cohn brings out the best […] from makers of vivid, visceral, uncompromising work” — LUCID DREAMING reviewed by Newcity

Friday, October 9th, 2020

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“Essential reading… [Pamela Cohn’s] clear courage to converse freely and without pretension allows her to unearth candid insights into the beauty and struggles of the creative impulse.” — LUCID DREAMING reviewed by Documentary Magazine

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Pamela Cohn’s “Lucid Dreaming” Offers Inspiration and Insight for Nonfiction Storytellers
The joy of human-to-human dialogue about the creative process is the heart of Pamela Cohn’s book, Lucid Dreaming: Conversations with 29 Filmmakers. Cohn, whose lengthy list of nonfiction film accomplishments span writing, commentary, curation and filmmaking itself, used her own archive of filmmaker interviews, as well as new conversations, to assemble an eclectic collection of voices from across the global documentary landscape. While most of the independent artists featured may not be top-of-mind filmmakers in the industry (working largely, as Cohn notes, “in virtual obscurity”), all have achieved significant recognition for their creative work. Indeed, the interviews contained within this 280-page book reveal a deep commitment among the artists featured to expanding the nonfiction form, whether for political engagement, intimate reflection, artistic possibility or other meaningful pursuits.

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NEW PODCAST: Episode #5 of LUCID DREAMING with author Pamela Cohn and filmmakers Miko Revereza & Shireen Seno

Monday, August 17th, 2020

“Dreaming of a More Lucid Being” — LUCID DREAMING author Pamela Cohn interviewed for OpEdNews

Thursday, August 13th, 2020
Lucid dreaming means to be aware that you are dreaming while doing so. Probably we’ve all had these kinds of dreams. Therapies have been built around lucid dreaming. Books have been written, sometimes equating it to an outer-body-experience inside the mind, and websites have popped up, including Philosophers have weighed in. As Nietzsche once said, in Human, All Too Human, “Misunderstanding of the dream. In the ages of crude primeval culture man believed that in dreams he got to know another real world; here is the origin of all metaphysics. Without the dream one would have found no occasion for a division of the world.”

But that’s not what Pamela Cohn’s on about in Lucid Dreaming: Conversations with 29 Filmmakers. Not exactly. Cohn is more interested in a parallel hyper-seeing — waking up into your life and using a camera to help you do it, producing a cinematic experience, and reframing your way of thinking along the way. The 29 filmmakers Cohn interviews come from all parts of the world — Asia, Europe and the Americas — and their filmmaking covers the usual panoply of social issues, including immigration, race, gender issues, economics, surveillance state, selfhood, and the phenomenological use of the camera. Cohn writes, “My hope is that the effect of disparate personalities gathered together in one volume evokes an expansive and global conversation, not merely a series of dialogues strung together.”

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NEW PODCAST: Episode #4 of LUCID DREAMING with author Pamela Cohn and filmmaker Alexander Nanau

Monday, August 10th, 2020

NEW PODCAST: Episode #3 of LUCID DREAMING with author Pamela Cohn and filmmaker Kirsten Johnson

Friday, August 7th, 2020

NEW PODCAST: Episode #2 of LUCID DREAMING with author Pamela Cohn and filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz

Monday, July 27th, 2020

“Extremely thoughtful and probing interviews with boundary-pushing non-fiction filmmakers” — LUCID DREAMING featured in Filmmaker Magazine

Monday, July 27th, 2020
Pamela Cohn’s Lucid Dreaming Podcast Debuts with Documentary Filmmaker Penny Lane

Critic and programmer Pamela Cohn recently published her first book, Lucid Dreaming, a collection of extremely thoughtful and probing interviews with boundary-pushing non-fiction filmmakers. (Read an excerpt of the book’s conversation with Donal Foreman here.) And now an extension of the book, the Lucid Dreaming podcast, has just launched. The first guest is Penny Lane, well-known to Filmmaker readers for films like Our Nixon and Hail, Satan?, as well as for her occasional Notes on Real Life column. You can listen to Lane’s interview and subscribe so you don’t miss future episodes here.

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ANNOUNCING: The LUCID DREAMING podcast with author Pamela Cohn — Listen to Conversation #1 with Hail Satan? director Penny Lane

Friday, July 17th, 2020

“Filmmaker Sara Fattahi on Bringing a Woman’s Perspective of War” — LUCID DREAMING excerpt published on Lit Hub

Monday, June 29th, 2020
Watching Sara Fattahi’s films is reminiscent of the experience of reading the stories of Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist known for his multi-generational family tales told through a magical realist lens. Sara’s films are intimately told narrative accounts from inside the households of her female relatives and female friends. The penetrating shots and closely-lensed framing of the faces of Sara’s subjects—all women—and the daily household rituals of making Turkish coffee, smoking, talking, praying, and watching soap operas, present a circumscribed, mundane existence residing side by side with the world of Sara’s imagination. Hallucinatory aspects of shock and displacement take hold. The once-familiar surroundings of her native city of Damascus are under siege and memories from the past and present collapse against one another.

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“A global collection of discussions on film and video as an essential medium for conveying the world’s most urgent concerns” — LUCID DREAMING reviewed in Modern Times Review

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
Conversations behind the movie camera

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“Rich with the possibilities of the human experience” — LUCID DREAMING reviewed in CounterPunch

Monday, May 11th, 2020

We Are Movie Cameras, Lucidly Dreaming

Filmmaker and curator Pamela Cohn knows all about the medium’s gallant struggle for a cinematic language that is new, immediate, and accessible to the viewer. Originally from Los Angeles, Cohn has travelled the world as an arts journalist, educator, producer and photographer, and has been a consultant on dozens of films. Currently based in Berlin, she has been an expat now for 10 years, traveling throughout Europe and Asia, and Lucid Dreaming: Conversations with 29 Filmmakers is the result of those intersections. Cohn sees her role with this book as a curator at a gallery of interconnected rooms with alternating ideas on one aesthetic; film language is spoken here, human experience is the entry fee.

Cohn says her inspiration for the method applied to the garnering of conversations and their presentation in Lucid Dreaming came as a result of watching Astra Taylor’s film, Examined Life, at the Woodstock Film Festival in 2008. She writes that it “inspired me greatly. The format with which she approached long and in-depth conversations with some of the world’s most renowned philosophers was very much in line with how I wanted to converse with filmmakers.”

Lucid Dreaming begins with a special, bracketed conversation with Barbara Hammer, who succumbed to cancer last year. In Vital Signs, Hammer attempted to capture the essence of her battle with death (“looking it right in the face,” she tells Cohn). She was a legendary New York filmmaker, of whom Cohn says, “she has left behind an oeuvre that is staggering not only in its fecundity, but in the way her legacy as a life-long working artist lives on in hundreds of filmmakers creating work today.” Her themes and cinematic interests are too innumerable to catalogue here, but, in the interview with Cohn, she discussed a book she was working on that broadly addresses her aesthetic focus: “sexuality, film form and structure, the politics of abstraction.” Her life and work are memorialized at her website.

Lucid Dreaming comprises seven dialogical sections: “Antonyms of Beauty”; “Sonic Truth: Visioning with Sound”; “Border Crossings; Power Plays: Disruption”; “Memory & Magic: Inter-dimensionality”; “Notes from the Interior”; and “The Embodied Camera”. There are discussions of technical considerations, visual politics, and the phenomenological components of subjectivity. The filmmakers come from various countries and cultures, and their stories are idiosyncratic, sometimes bizarre, and always rich with the possibilities of the human experience.

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“For the artists—and [for] any of us that work in the creative sector—it is always a precarious existence” — LUCID DREAMING author Pamela Cohn interviewed on Instanbulberlin

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

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New Video: LUCID DREAMING author Pamela Cohn interviewed on TRT World’s Showcase

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Pamela Cohn’s Lucid Dreaming

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