What a Jem

Cohen plays Fugazi like an Instrument

The only concession to standard rock docs is also Cohen's only misstep: a scene toward the end of Instrument in which he interviews fans outside a Fugazi show in Knoxville, Tennessee. It comes off as little more than an homage to Heavy Metal Parking Lot, as Cohen asks an assortment of fans why they're at a Fugazi show. It's out of place, especially since only a few of the fans can name even one Fugazi song, and almost all of them claim they don't like the group anymore, if they ever did. The scene deflates the sense of importance that the rest of the film builds, though maybe that is the point. As with all of Cohen's films, you'll have to figure that out for yourself.

Fugazi is the subject of Cohen's Instrument.
Fugazi is the subject of Cohen's Instrument.


Jem Cohen will pick up the Latham Award on March 26 at 4:15 p.m. in the Video Cabaret. Blood Red Sky and Amber City screen.

Instrument screens March 24 at 8 p.m. in the Video Cabaret, with Cohen in attendance.

March 26

2:45 p.m. in the Video Lounge
This is a History of New York and Drink Deep screen

ó Zac Crain

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