King Cohen

World Premiere
  • USA
  • 2017
  • 104 mins
  • English
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Hosted by Director Steve Mitchell, Larry Cohen and Actor Michael Moriarty

Preceded by the presentation of a Fantasia Lifetime Achievement Award to director Larry Cohen

IT'S ALIVE, BLACK CAESAR, THE STUFF, Q THE WINGED SERPENT, HELL UP IN HARLEM, MANIAC COP, PHONE BOOTH – Larry Cohen is behind some of the greatest cult films ever made. It's about time the writer/director/producer was put in front of the camera for a documentary, because the stories behind his films prove as fascinating as the movies themselves. In KING COHEN, director Steve Mitchell (himself the writer of cult film CHOPPING MALL!), traces the career of a Hollywood maverick, interviewing friends, family, filmmaking collaborators and famous admirers, including Martin Scorsese, J.J. Abrams John Landis, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Fred Williamson, Michael Moriarty, Tara Reid, Eric Roberts and Traci Lords.

From Cohen's early days creating series for network television, such as BRANDED and INVADERS, to helming his own features and writing mainstream movies, what emerges is a portrait of an incredibly prolific artist willing to do almost anything to tell a story his way. But more than just a biopic, KING COHEN also exposes a bygone era of guerilla filmmaking, with mindblowing stories of staging dangerous car chases, reckless fight scenes and violent shootouts in busy downtown Manhattan. Cohen is revealed as sheer force of creativity who successfully walked with one foot in the world of mainstream film and television, and the other in the truly wild world of low-budget genre projects, bringing a unique style and darkly humorous flair for social commentary to all of his work. You might think you know Larry Cohen, but you don't really know him until you've seen KING COHEN.

- Dave Alexander

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