Joe’s Violin

Saturday, September 17 at 3:00 pm

Screens in “Old Timers” shorts program


Director: Kahane Cooperman

In this award-winning short documentary, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin of 70 years to a local instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old school girl in the Bronx, and, unexpectedly, his own.


Kahane Cooperman is a documentary filmmaker and television producer.  Her award-winning short documentary Joe’s Violin had its world premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Her most recent television position was as the Showrunner/Executive Producer of The New Yorker Presents, a series from Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions for Amazon Prime Video showcasing short films based on content from America’s most award-winning magazine The New Yorker.  Prior to this role, she was Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Originally hired for her documentary background, she was with The Daily Show from its inception in 1996, starting out as a field producer before becoming Senior Producer, Supervising Producer and then Co-Executive Producer from 2005-2015.  For her work at the show, she received eleven Primetime Emmy awards and three Peabody awards.

Kahane began her filmmaking career at Maysles Films in NYC where she worked with documentary pioneer Albert Maysles. In addition to Joe’s Violin, she has produced and directed several other documentaries including Cool Water, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Making Dazed about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, which was broadcast on AMC and acquired by the Criterion Collection. Kahane also produced Nick Broomfield’s feature doc Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.

Kahane has an MFA in Film from Columbia University.