Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen

Writer, Director


Aaron Cohen is a documentary filmmaker who has made a name for himself in the world of independent film. Born in 1970 in Los Angeles, he studied at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television, where he earned a degree in Film Production. After graduation, he began working as a freelance filmmaker, specializing in documentary work.

In 1993, Aaron made his directorial debut with the documentary “The Point of View,” which focused on the lives of three homeless people living in Los Angeles. The film was a hit at major film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, and earned Aaron his first award, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The success of “The Point of View” opened doors for Aaron, and he quickly became a sought-after filmmaker in the independent film world. He went on to direct and produce many acclaimed documentaries, including “The Power of Music” (1995), “The Price of Freedom” (1997), “Walking the Line” (2000), and “A Dream in Doubt” (2008). His films often explore themes of social justice, focusing on marginalized communities and individuals whose stories are rarely told.

In addition to his documentary work, Aaron has also produced several feature films, including “The Beat” (2001), “The Life of David Gale” (2002), and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004). He has also directed music videos for artists such as The Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani, and Mariah Carey.

In 2012, Aaron was honored with the International Documentary Association’s Pare Lorentz Award, which recognizes filmmakers who have made significant contributions to the field of nonfiction filmmaking. He has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the Roger Ebert Humanitarian Award (2007) and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject (2008).

Aaron continues to work in the film industry, producing and directing documentaries and feature films. He is passionate about telling stories that matter, and his work has been praised for its powerful storytelling and artistry.

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