Norman Cohn (film producer)

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Norman Cohn (born October 6, 1946) is a U.S.-born Canadian film director, producer, cinematographer and editor best known for his work on films Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and The Journals of Knud Rasmussen.

Born in New York City, New York, United States, Cohn has lived most of his life in Igloolik, Nunavut and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Along with director Zacharias Kunuk, he co-founded the first Inuit owned (75%) production company, Isuma and is the secretary-treasurer.[1] In filming Atanarjuat in Igloolik, Cohn used natural light in shooting with his Sony DVW 700 digital camera, avoiding switches from the automatic camera settings.[2] He also edited the film with Kunuk and Marie-Christine Sarda, sharing the Genie Award for Best Editing.[3] With Kunuk and director Natar Ungalaaq, Cohn also helped develop the screenplay for the 2016 film Searchers.[4]


  1. ^ Isuma - About
  2. ^ Alioff, Maurie (September 2001). "From the Edge of the Earth: Zacharias Kunuk's Atanarjuat". Take One. p. 21.
  3. ^ "Inuit film earns top honours at Genie Awards". CBC News. 8 February 2002. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ Gregoire, Lisa (15 August 2016). "Nunavut directors head for the red carpet at TIFF". The Nunatsiaq News. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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