We will be kicking off the Brooklyn Folk Festival this year with the premiere of “Different Johns”, a wonderful new film about the life and work of John Cohen, New Lost City Rambler, field recordist, photographer and film maker. John’s work and ideas are essential to the Brooklyn Folk Festival and Jalopy Theatre where John so often came to play. The director of the film, Robert Carr, will be present, all the way from France, to intro the film and do a Q&A.

NYC FILM PREMIERE, 8:00pm: Different Johns – a documentary film that explores the different lives of John Cohen: old time string band musician, photographer, teacher, filmmaker and one of the faces of the Beat Generation. The film shines a light on America: its artists, its history, its reality – through this story of a un-conventional American.
Time: 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Screening
Location: St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY

Following the screening there will be live old time music from Nora Brown and the Down Hill Strugglers.

“One could say that the treasures of the earth may be found between the eyes of John Cohen.”
– Patti Smith

John Cohen would have been 90 years old this year, this screening is part of our “All This is a Record of My Search: John Cohen at 90 / Music / Films / Photographs” programming, a memorial tribute to John at this year’s festival.