Legendary writer/director/producer Larry Cohen is responsible for some of the most influential and celebrated American cult film. He and his work are the focus of the upcoming documentary King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen, directed by Steve Mitchell (Chopping Mall). The documentary held it’s world premiere at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival, where Cohen was also presented with Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

King Cohen features candid interview from Cohen himself, longtime collaborator and friend Michael Moriarty (Q: The Winged SerpentThe Stuff), and a whole host of actors, directors, producers, and film critics. With a career that began in the early 1960’s, Cohen has worked with seemingly everyone in Hollywood, either directly or indirectly. There’s even a small anecdote from J.J. Abrams about giving Cohen directions to a studio as a teenager when he and a friend met Cohen at a bus stop in Los Angeles.


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Official Synopsis:

Buckle up for KING COHEN, the true story of writer, producer, director, creator and all-around maverick, Larry Cohen (Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Stuff). Told through compelling live interviews, stills and film/TV clips, the people who helped fulfill his vision, and industry icons such as Martin Scorsese, John Landis, Michael Moriarty, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto and many more, including Larry himself, bring one-of-a-kind insight into the work, process and legacy of a true American film auteur. Few can boast of a career as remarkable or prolific, spanning more than 50 years of entertaining audiences worldwide!


Cohen’s work continues to influence and inspire today and the man shows no signs of slowing down. He still continues to write and is currently developing an anthology series with JJ. AbramsKing Cohen is a prefect documentary for lifetime fans and eager creatives looking for inspiration in the punk-rock work ethic of an incredibly talented filmmaker.


King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen is directed and produced by Mitchell and produced by Matt Verboys and Dan McKeon. The documentary is a La-La Land Entertainment production, in association with Big And Tall Pictures and Off The Cliff Productions. The film will see a limited theatrical release beginning July 7th, followed by a full VOD distribution August 14.

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