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On-Camera Chat: Local Oscar Nominee's "Facing Fear" Plays SF This Week

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Jason Cohen has been too busy to realize that his name from now on with have the word "Oscar" in front of. Whether he remains a nominee or becomes a winner on March 2,

Cohen will have a new title. In the land of movies, that's as impressive as Dame or Lord. But it doesn't seem to change Cohen's drive or dedication to the arts. For him, the work is the focus.

Cohen is nominated for Best Short Documentary feature at this year's Academy Awards for his compelling film "Facing Fear," in which a teen who gay bashed ends up working along side one of his abusers years later.

Fiction couldn't have as much drama and suspense than Cohen's true life tale. Does the young gay, now an adult, forgive his attacker? Does the Neo-Nazi brut change or remain the same? Through the team at Progressive Pulse, I was able to sit down and talk with Cohen on-camera at the historic Saul Zaenta Media Center in Berkeley, where we met up with him as he was putting finishing touches on some of the promotional footage for the release of the film.

I also tried in our chat to worm my way into his inter-sanctum and perhaps be able to get on his guest list so I could also go to the Oscars. But Cohen stayed focused and on-point and kept the interview flowing with information about his film

"Facing Fear" is playing throughout the country before the Oscars. Presently, it's playing in New York City and opens Feb. 7 in San Francisco and Feb. 14 in Los Angeles. But there are lots of screenings throughout the country from Anchorage to Wisconsin. Get showtimes, tickets and more information at

Catch it this week in San Francisco at the Opera Plaza Landmark Theatre. Get tickets at

See my interview with Cohen at


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