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Filmed December 11, 2007
San Francisco, CA
Tim Cohen is a poet, visionary artist, and the guitarist/vocalist of the San Francisco-based band Black Fiction. I met Tim in 1994 at a small New England liberal arts university we both attended. On a break from school one year, Tim and I once drove to Richmond, Va., where we attended a secondhand record expo at an enormous warehouse off of I-95. There, I bought a copy of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless for $11.99.
I filmed Tim in “the Belfry,” his home studio in San Francisco. The Belfry is small room with vaulted ceilings at the top of a four-story apartment building on a hill near Alamo Square. An architect who planned to live in the Belfry cut a flurry of windows into the studio’s walls and vaulted ceilings—-windows that are long and skinny, windows that short and fat, windows that challenge traditional of what windows are and what windows do. These windows offer breathtaking views of the city of San Francisco. For unknown reasons, the architect never lived in the apartment.