Edward Cohen was born in
Jackson, Mississippi, on July 3, 1948. A former head writer and
executive producer for Mississippi
Educational Television, Cohen has produced a number of documentaries
on southern or Jewish subjects, including Good Mornin Blues
with B.B. King; The Islander, starring James Best; Passover;
and Hanukkah, narrated by Ed Asner, all broadcast nationally
by PBS. His other documentaries include The Parchman Trials
(an exposé of Mississippis penal farm), and The
Last Confederates (the story of the little known culture of
the descendants of the expatriate Confederates who emigrated to
Brazil after the Civil War). His documentary work has received numerous
international film festival awards, as well as two CINE Golden Eagles.
More recently he wrote, produced, directed
and edited The Natchez Jewish Experience for the Museum of
the Southern Jewish Experience. The film tells the bittersweet story
of a once-thriving congregation in Natchez, Mississippi, now down
to a handful of members dedicated to keeping their temple open until
the last member shuts out the lights. The documentary won the Judah
P. Magnes Museum Muse Award for Best Historical Documentary.
In 1999, he published The Peddlers
Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi, a memoir in which
he describes growing up in the heart of the Bible Belt in the 1950s.
The book was honored by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters
as the winner of its nonfiction award in 2000. Cohen also was awarded
the Mississippi Authors Award for Nonfiction by the Mississippi
Library Association in 2000.
Today, Cohen lives with his wife and three
cairn terriers in Venice, California, where he is a freelance writer
posted November 2001)
Links & Info
can find out more about Edward Cohen and The Peddler's Grandson
at the web site for the
- The Peddlers Grandson: Growing Up Jewish in Mississippi.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.
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- Internet Resources
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