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Florida Premiere

Different Johns

Directed by Robert Carr

France | 93 minutes | 2020

You’ve seen the famous photographs of Jack Kerouac, Willem de Kooning, Robert Frank, Allen Ginsberg, Woodie Guthrie, and a young Bob Dylan on the cusp of fame, immortalized in the iconic black and white "smoking portraits." But who was the gifted Jewish photographer and unconventional artist who played such an important role in documenting this part of American culture? Spanning over fifty years, Different Johns is a rich account of John Cohen’s many talents as an exceptionally gifted folk musician, photographer, musicologist, filmmaker, and anthropologist as well as a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, the American contemporary old-time string band that formed in 1958 New York City during the folk revival. This film immerses the viewer in the hidden side of 1950s American culture as well as the Abstract Expressionist movement centered around New York's Cedar Bar. At the same time, he was immersed into the NYC arts scene, Cohen was also recording another more hidden side of American culture through his documentary films about folk music and the lives of impoverished communities in the Kentucky and Appalachian Mountains. Different Johns offers us precious insight into John Cohen’s fascinating life and above all, the chance to finally get to know him.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Robert Carr and moderator David Rolland, writer for the Miami New Times. To view the conversation please click here.

Director Robert Carr
Countries of Production France
Year of Presentation 2020
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 93 minutes
Principal Cast John Cohen, Peter Stampfel, Gerhard Steidl
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