Joe and Maxi


Joe and Maxi is a feature-length documentary about Cohen’s relationship with her father after her mother’s death from cancer. Made when Cohen was twenty-three years old, Joe and Maxi is an intimate portrait of a family confronting the barriers between expressing and accepting love. Considered groundbreaking in both form and content upon its release, the film has been praised for its cinema vérité nature, with the story unfolding before the camera without a narrator. The film, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was theatrically released in 1980, is now in the Museum of Modern Art archives. It was recently awarded a preservation grant for its original 35mm print by the NYWIFT Women’s Film Preservation Fund, thus guaranteeing access to the film for the public and future generations.