Phyllis: A Self Portrait


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"I am a street watching the people walk as I listen to conversations glisten as they start to talk." In this documentary shorts program, we present a collection of true-life tales from Bay Area directors about extraordinary individuals. In Peter Spirer’s Sacheen, Breaking the Silence (US 2019, 25 min), Sacheen Littlefeather tells the real story about the courageous moment she refused the Oscar® on behalf of Marlon Brando at the 1973 Academy Awards® and raised awareness for Native American people. Harris Cohen’s Phyllis: A Self Portrait (US 2020, 10 min) is an inspirational portrait of Phyllis Thelen, a 93-year-old working artist and force of nature. Caregiver: A Love Story from Kevin Gordon & Jessica Zitter (US 2020, 23 min) challenges viewers to acknowledge the growing strain placed on family caregivers and to envision a new approach in caring for the dying. In Deanne Fitzmaurice’s Small Footprint (US 2019, 4 min), we meet the Goepels who are an inspiring s
Film Info
Premiere Status:World
Director:Harris Cohen
Producer:Harris Cohen
Screenwriter:Harris Cohen and Elaine Trotter selected marterial.
Cinematographer:Michael Anderson
Adam Neville
Scott Stender
Andy Neddermeyer
S. Kramer HerzogHerzog
Editor:Elaine Trotter
Cast:Phyllis Thelen


This film is an inspirational portrait of Phyllis Thelen, a 93-year-old working artist and force of nature.

Additional Information

In 1977, Harris Cohen joined San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX’s Programming Department, where Cohen was Producer and/or Director/Cameraman on a multitude of short form television documentaries for shows such as Evening, PM, and Hour Magazine. In 1983, Cohen founded the video production facility Magnetic Image in San Rafael, serving a variety of broadcast, cable, and corporate clients. At 83 years of age, he can look back on over 60 years in film or video production. Since 1983, this is the fifth short documentary film of Cohen’s to have been accepted by the Mill Valley Film Festival.