Facing Fear
(23 min) US
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Tuesday 10/21, 4:00 PM (Session 15)

Director/Producer: Jason Cohen


The worlds of a former neo-Nazi and the gay victim of his senseless hate crime attack collide by chance twenty-five years after the incident that dramatically shaped both of their lives. They proceed to embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration and friendship.


Academy Award nominated producer/director Jason Cohen has produced and directed all formats of film and television on projects that cover a broad range of topics over the past twenty years. Cohen’s Facing Fear, a story of forgiveness between a former Neo-Nazi and the victim of his hate crime attack twenty-five years earlier, was nominated for an Oscar® for best documentary short subject in 2014. Currently, Cohen just completed Four Women, One World, a global film about love and forgiveness that has taken him around the world to highlight stories in Uganda, India, Haiti, Spain and Italy. Cohen has had an ongoing relationship with Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki for over fifteen years. In 2012 he produced the Okazaki-directed Approximately Nels Cline, about the world-renowned lead guitarist of the rock band Wilco. He co-produced HBO's Emmy-nominated Black Tar Heroin: Dark End of the Street, with Okazaki and was a producer on his Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary on the dropping of the atomic bomb, White Light/ Black Rain, which also screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Cohen has also worked in narrative film, producing the feature film, Opal, based on the life of controversial author, Opal Whiteley. Other past work includes directing the Olympic documentary, The Road to Hong Kong, a short documentary on champion US equestrian horse Ravel, and a documentary on San Jose Sharks radio announcer Dan Rusanowsky for the NHL Network's Voices series. He has logged time for all the major networks as well as PBS and the BBC and cable outlets including ESPN, NFL Network and A&E.

Contact Information:

Jason Cohen Productions
e: info@facingfearmovie.com
w: www.facingfearmovie.com


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