Cohen has made approximately 50 films including Instrument, Chain, Lost Book Found, and Benjamin Smoke (with Peter Sillen). His work is in the collections of MoMA and the Whitney and has been broadcast by PBS, Arte, the BBC, and the Sundance Channel. He he’s had retrospectives at venues including the NFT in London, Buenos Aires Independent Film Fest, and Punto de Vista in Spain, which published the monograph, Signal Fires: The Cinema of Jem Cohen, in 2010. Cohen has collaborated extensively with musicians including Fugazi, Patti Smith, Terry Riley, Vic Chesnutt, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, R.E.M., DJ Rupture, Blonde Redhead, Elliott Smith, and the Ex, as well as writer Luc Sante. As an activist, Cohen was extensively involved in overturning proposed restrictions on street photography in New York City. Current projects include the feature, Museum Hours, and the Gravity Hill Newsreels (about Occupy Wall Street).