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Art & Life with Monica Cohen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Cohen.

Monica, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a very closed and small Jewish community in Bogota-Colombia. Despite being forced to see and project my life in a very strict way, I always had dreams beyond the narrow paths I was supposed to walk through. I think that’s what makes the artist, the vision but the restrain to be something different generates a creative and unstoppable force.

As soon as I could I broke free, I lived in Paris at young age, studied social psychology in attempt to understand the human mind, traveled to many places to experience other cultures, worked with ex-combats from illegal armed groups in Colombia probably to understand my place in the world and what to do with that privilege, to then study music production and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston trying to learn an artistic language that served better the soul to then finally find my passion in documentary film 10 years ago.

Film and storytelling became my language and the bridge through which I could spark important conversations. I created a production house called The Boom House dedicated to produce video and music content for the Web, Tv and radio. We focus on stories that connect the arts and social issues relevant to our moment in history.

I’m now finishing a documentary called Dreams of Chonta that tells the story of an extraordinary musician from the Pacific Coast of Colombia that broke free from his destiny, came to the US as an undocumented immigrant and forever influenced the sound scape of NYC.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create video content focused on storytelling in a documentary style. I’m inspired by the intersection between the arts, culture and social issues. I look for organizations and people that find creative ways to spark important conversations and create change within their communities, cities and countries. I focus on positive stories, people that believe in a better world and wake up every day to make that vision a reality for themselves and for others.

I hope that my films question the way you think about something or someone. I hope they serve to look at your own life from a different angle and to see others with curiosity and without judgement.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
I wish I would have felt comfortable being different when I was younger. Maybe I would have found my passion and my art sooner? I don’t know. That said, I wouldn’t change a second of my life. Everything I did, everywhere I went and everyone I met in my life have brought me to where I am and made me who I am.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can go to: www.theboomhouseproductions.com. There you’ll see my video and my music work. Here is a trailer of my film Dreams of Chonta:

If you like it, if you think is an important story right now and you would like to support it, please write to: info@theboomhouseproductions.com.

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