Mahalia Cohen is a director, producer and editor originally from Portland, Oregon and now based in New York City. Mahalia has produced numerous award winning short and feature films. Most recently she completed work on “H.”, directed by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia. “H.” premiered at Sundance NEXT, 2015 and went on to screen at The Berlinale and festivals around the world. She also produced “Recommended by Enrique”, which won Best Ensemble Cast at the L.A. Film Festival, 2014, and “Hinkerort Zorasune” (The Fifth Column) which was awarded 3rd prize by the 63rd Cannes Film Festival – Cinéfondation, La Selection in 2010.
As a director, Mahalia has made both documentaries and narrative shorts. In 2009 she completed “Balance”, which traced the final years of dancer Homer Avila’s life. “Balance” premiered at Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland. In 2011 her narrative short “Ama at Sea” screened at film festivals across Europe. Mahalia holds an MFA in film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
She is currently in post-production on her first narrative feature film.