ANDREW COHN is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker living in Los Angeles. He has directed material for Starz, ESPN, Netflix, PBS, Viceland, Apple Music and more. His film, Night School, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Cohn is also the director of the documentary Kid Danny, for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. His first film, Medora, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and won an Emmy for PBS’ Independent Lens series. He is currently directing an 8-part documentary series for Starz entitled Warriors of Liberty City, which is executive produced by Lebron James. Cohn’s newest feature, Danny Brown: Live at The Majestic, was released exclusively through Apple Music last year.
Cohn began working for author and This American Life contributor Davy Rothbart at Found Magazine, where he served as head of PR & Marketing. After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, he found work as a screenwriter in Los Angeles and later produced the off-Broadway play, Found: People Find Stuff. Now it’s a Show. Cohn finally broke into the non-fiction world with his short film, Dynamic Tom, which was featured on McSweeney’s Wholphin collection and his second short film, Chile Road.
SEVEN34 FILMS represents Cohn’s hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan — and is a reference to its area code. Rooted in his Midwestern values, Cohn strives to deliver authentic and deeply-intimate work that reflects his ernest upbringing. He has explored dynamic characters within the world of sports, music, comedy, education and more. In 2014, he was awarded a MacArthur grant for his work in documentary film. With a passion for teaching, Cohn served as an adjunct professor at Purdue University in 2015, where he taught documentary filmmaking and theory.
“Though you might settle down expecting a simple portrait of adult education, it won’t be long before you realize that you’re the one being schooled… Night School’s lessons emerge organically and unobtrusively. Cohn addresses larger social cracks only obliquely, and never in a way that disrupts the natural narrative flow.” – The New York Times
“Medora exerts an unshakable hold. No spoilers here, but there won’t be a dry eye in the house… Thanks to filmmakers of unfailing sensitivity, as well as protagonists of exceptional character and resolve, Medora earns every tear.” – The Washington Post
“Director Andrew Cohn undersells Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic, making it sound like a simple concert film. Really he’s made one of the most affecting rap documentaries since 2009’s The Carter.” – Mass Appeal
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