Archive for December 2008
Aaron “WNYC” Cohen decided to do some interviewing of his own . Here it is. Super exciting it ran 5 times on Xmas Eve and Xmas Day during Morning Edition and The Takeaway. Let me knew what you think by commenting below.
Last night was a magical evening on a variety of levels. It was my first night organizing a film shoot and we got off to a shaky start when the people at Katz’s had no idea I was coming. Maybe I should call ahead next time. In any event, we scored the exact area where we wanted to shoot in the back and then the Aarons started filtering in. Aaron, was followed by Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, Aaron, and last but not least, Aaron.
First, Med Student, then Urban Studies, WNYC, Sports TV Writer, Digital Artist, and finally MC Aaron (also known as AC or as his jewish boys call him Maz Gan — meaning Air Conditioning in Hebrew). They joined Aaron Fisher Cohen (indie rocker and cinematographer) and me for a little pastrami and conversation. We have hours of footage. We did interviews, we did group shots we talked everything from our jewish identities (wide ranging) to our senses of humor (less wide ranging) to our mothers (barely ranging).
I feel some strange sense of kinship. One of the Aarons is getting married this year on the day Nina (my wife) and I got married. Others quoted some lines from Spinal Tap or Monty Python and numerous attendees copped to an innate narcissism that drove them to our meeting. Everybody had googled themselves countless times, most to very tough results:
I’m on Page 20
If you put in a narrow parameters describing certain computer code you can find me
I often see a guy who won a gold medal in judo (for Israel)
We did fall one short of the hoped for minyan of Aaron Cohens, but Grand Rapids, MI couldn’t find a place to stay, Boston IBM Aaron, and Aaron Revive Cohen had a streetwear boutique to run before xmas. But this was just the beginning. Yes Aarons we face challneges in these perilous econcomic times, but I really belive we can find 100 Aaron Cohens to attend our festival in 2009. Yes we can.
I want to thank all of the Aaron Cohens who attended. Everybody was really cool. I also owe a debt of gratitude to Greg “best boy” Epstein, Ben HunterCulture.com Hunter, Naomi “matchmaker” Baigell, and my highly supportive wife Nina “How much will this cost us?” del Rio. They were the crew who supported AFC (Aaron Fisher Cohen) and me in our efforts to capture the sights and sounds of The Aaron Cohens.
We’ll be posting film soon enough. I will also put up some additional photos later today.
HunterCulture also wrote a great post about the evening. Check that out here.
It’s a movie that brings 100 aaron cohens to New York to talk about their mothers.
Conversation with my college roommate Shepherd Frankel (most recently the Production Designer on 4 Xmases) about The AaronCohens on the eve of the first shoot.
i’m shooting tomorrow night
where is your shoot?
katz’s and sammy romanian.
I’m going to cut a 3 minute trailer and walk it around NYC and LA from January 8-30 and if I don’t have money or obvious commitments.
then maybe I rethink it
I’m thinking 500k
will be tight
especially with all of the travel
especially with the festival
I don’t think there is an appetite to step up to 1 or 2mm even though im sort of done with it being a documentary
it’s going to be a mashup of styles
part doc, part memoir, part celebrity cameos, part scripted
But since I’m not a director or when people ask me what I know about film I say “I have a membership at netflix.” I don’t know that I can go so big you know?
yeah…I’m funny maybe. But I’m no Seth McFarlane. Some guys are sick.
I don’t feel that funny
i’m trying to watch more larry david
your strength is your ability to put together a narrative thats interesting – about anything. your storytelling. within that story you will have very funny moments.
yeah.. but it’s strange to start without a story
i mean my only story right now is “can I get 500 Aaron Cohens to one place at one time?”
it’s a challenge
hopefully two gay aaron cohens will hook up and i’ll have some plot
or maybe the whole process will convince the gentile aaron cohens to convert to judaism
Nina (my wife) is freaking out by the way.
she thinks I’ve lost my mind. Supports the film idea, but thinks since I’m a husband and father maybe I should get a job too.
She has a point. make the movie as relateable to as many people as possible
well I think if you do that you can lose your focus. I’m trying to make a “jewish movie” in that I want to tap into the broad and rich themes of humor, guilt, assimilation, holocaust, etc
maybe the story is more about your obsession to do this than anything
could be.. but I feel that’s the graceleeproject.com
she made a korean version
of the aaroncohens
and she’s always talking during the movie about how she’s feeling.
yes true – very grace lee
And while I think it’s cool, it’s not that funny.
do you know the movie? it’s a documentary
i mean nobody saw it
do you know if you make $1mm in US box office you’re a top 100 documentary of all time
that said 40 of the 100 were made in the past 5 years
that said 15 of those had big stars al gore, michael moore, bill maher attached to them
2 things for me
1 you are a pretty interesting person and interesting to listen to and watch – you do know this, a lot of your success is based on this
maybe the story is more about your obsession to do this than anyting
fuck if htat’s the case i’ve got to lose more weight
i’ll contemplate that but it feels narcissitic
am I that entertaining?
i am fascinated with your obsession to do this – i dont know why you are doing it – despite what you say. i still dont get it. but i think everyone has some obsessive version of immortalizing themselves. this has to be part of it
I’d rather watch the guy in detroit who looks like eminem and owns a street wear boutique
yea but your smarter
of course there is some narcisssim
everyone has various levels of narcisssim. most successful people i know have a lot
so a scene could be me imagining myself on Jon Stewart say with Jon Stewart
and we love to hate people who are narcissitic
or criticise them
I think having 500 Aaron Cohens in one room creates a very weird dynamic… it’s never been done before
Martha Stewart had 150 Martha Stewarts come to welcome her out of jail in NYC
speaking of narcisstic
so I could go meet with Martha and Grace Lee and ask them why they did it?
i think that would be a good scene
so you’re saying bet on me as talk show host aka Roger and Me and see what happens
a kind of jewish identity michael moore-quest
Roger and Me was the quest to meet the CEO of General Motors. Mine is the quest to meet Aaron Cohens.
would be good to address the topic of exploreing why you are doing it while doing it – while thinking you are doing it for other reasons too
like, I’m tired of selling advertising
and then flash to me pitching web ads
yes – but m moore career has turned into something else too
despite his films being good
by the way, I was introduced at a cocktail party tonight as a filmmaker
and then a woman said to me I have a film idea for your next film
and that’s when I said i have a membership at netflix
moore himself has almost become a character we are intrigued watching first and his stories second
can also see you at your day job earning money for you aaron cohen habit
i don’t have a day job
but I could have one
well I sold MenuPages over the summer…
you didn’t know that I ran that
your still a major player in your field though
I’m sort of “elder statesmen”
i’m trying to switch from quarterback to coach
I expected to have $20mm by now and switch careers and I bascially I’m settling for half that 🙂
good part of your story
good luck with shoot
thanks man. I need it.
think about yourself before you ever walked on a set.
that’s me….except I’m supposed to tell people what to do.
wont be a problem
yes… My script calls for a lot of different shots of hands and mouths holding and chewing pastrami
I have real vision.
grew up in Salt Lake City, come from good hybrid stock–father from Israel (both parents from Latvia), mother from midwest (Irish-ish gentile parents). Some of our more orthodox brothers place great importance on the mother’s bloodline, but I’m really stoked to be a half-breed, think it’s the way of the future.
I have always biked, never owned a car, don’t know if I ever will. Recently joined the trendy fixed-gear community, some douches there but some really awesome people, and I will probably always bike this way from now on. It’s changed my life for the better.
I just barely got my Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, after 8 long years of wandering. Not sure what is next, want to help people and the world, hopefully using cool math.
Let me know if you want more!