About the Film

In 1994, Bunim/Murray Productions made the groundbreaking decision to cast openly gay, HIV-positive Cuban-American Pedro Zamora as part of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco. Zamora's time in the Real World house on Lombard Street brought a face to the AIDS crisis; and U.S. President Bill Clinton credited Zamora with personalizing and humanizing those with the disease.

In BMP Films' first scripted project, PEDRO celebrates the extraordinary life of Pedro Zamora, a young man who when he found out he was HIV positive at 17, made the courageous decision to dedicate the rest of his life to speaking out about his condition in an attempt to raise awareness about the disease in his community, even testifying before the United States Congress to argue for more explicit HIV/AIDS educational programs aimed at youth of color before auditioning for The Real World in 1993. His appearance on The Real World brought his story and his message to MTV's youthful audience and beyond, and when Zamora's health began to deteriorate in late 1994 (after he left the show), it became front page news nationwide, and his death at age 22 provoked a worldwide outpouring of grief.

PEDRO is a film by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (“Quinceanera”) and was directed by Nick Oceano and written by Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”) with story by Dustin Lance Black and Paris Barclay. PEDRO stars Alex Loynaz as Pedro, Justina Machado (“Six Feet Under”) as Pedro's sister Mily, and Hale Appleman (“Teeth”) as Pedro's roommate from The Real World, Judd.

About the Filmmakers

Nick Oceano, Director

Oceano is a Los Angeles based director originally from San Antonio, Texas and a soon-to-be graduate of the MFA program at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

Nick has directed several shorts, most notably Dog Tags, a Best of Fest selection at the 2006 Palm Springs International ShortsFest and El Primo, a coming-of-age story set in Laredo, Texas. El Primo is currently making the festival circuit and has been embraced by festival programmers at Outfest, NewFest, Frameline, Los Angeles International ShortFest, Palm Springs Shortfest and the New York and Los Angeles International Latino Film Festivals.

PEDRO is Nick’s feature directorial debut. His next project is the feature, The Cousin, a drama about two cousins making a road trip through Mexico to a relative’s wedding.

Nick's Vision

My vision for PEDRO was to celebrate the life of Pedro Zamora, to tell his story with the same level of passion and honesty in which he lived his life, and to carry his message of HIV prevention and tolerance to new generations. Read more [+]

I first became aware of Pedro Zamora from MTV's “The Real World” in 1994, the summer before I began college. And like the rest of the country, I was mesmerized by his story: that of a young, intelligent, HIV-positive, Cuban-American man who fought tirelessly to promote AIDS awareness and inspired tolerance toward the LGBT community.

Like many, I had many prejudices about people with HIV and who were gay, long-standing beliefs shaped by society and the media. Pedro Zamora stood in stark contrast to those stereotypes. With his star charisma, good looks, and deep soulfulness, Pedro was instantly likeable, like a long-time family friend. For me, Pedro provided a human face for people living with HIV, and even today, fourteen years after his passing, his impact is still felt by many.

For such a relatively short life, Pedro lived an epic one. The film spans from his birth in Cuba as the youngest of eight children, to his immigration to the U.S., to the loss of his mother to cancer, to his transformation into an AIDS activist, to finally when he entered the nation’s collective consciousness as a roommate on MTV’s “The Real World.”

In taking the script from page to screen, my mission was not only to show how committed Pedro was to his cause, risking his health to appear on the show, but also to highlight how much he valued his family and friends. What becomes clear in the film is that Pedro was not only a man of action, but also one of great heart and soul, as shown by his deep relationships with his fellow roommates, his partner Sean, and his close-knit family.

In November 2007, my mentors, filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland brought the project to my attention. Much of the same team that produced their award-winning film, QUINCEAÑERA was on board to make PEDRO. I immediately sensed that the project was something very special and I knew I had to be a part of it.

Principal photography began on PEDRO on May 9, 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, spanning eighteen days, with two additional days in San Francisco. As a first time director, I was very fortunate to have producers Anne Clements and Chris Panizzon pull together an exceptional production team and casting director Jason Wood assemble a stellar group of actors, led by the talented Alex Loynaz and Justina Machado. I also had the great fortune to work closely with Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland as my mentors on set, and who also served as producers on the film.

I know that I speak for the filmmaking team when I say that we are very proud of PEDRO, and my hope is that the film will carry on Pedro’s legacy to many new generations. At a time when HIV infections are on the rise and homophobia is still prevalent in our society, Pedro’s message is as timely as ever.

-- Nick Oceano

Dustin Lance Black, Writer

Dustin Lance Black is a multi-talented writer, producer and director, having won the 2008 Academy Award® and Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay for MILK, the Gus Van Sant-directed biopic of the late gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Read more [+]

Recently, Black began pre-production on his feature directorial debut WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA, a drama with stars Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connelly currently attached. In addition, Black and Van Sant will re-team for ELECTRIC KOOL-AID ACID TEST, an adaptation of the celebrated Tom Wolfe novel set up at Fox Searchlight.

An honors graduate of UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Black began his professional career as an art director on commercials, and quickly transitioned to directing documentaries, television series, commercials and music videos. Black’s first two documentaries ON THE BUS (2001) and MY LIFE WITH COUNT DRACULA (2003) both debuted to acclaim and subsequent festival success. ON THE BUS, originally commissioned as a half-hour internet program about a group of young men traveling to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, was re-edited into an independent feature by Black, and later developed a cult following amongst the festival’s diverse fan base. MY LIFE WITH COUNT DRACULA, an in-depth look at the final days of Dr. Donald A. Reed, creator of the Count Dracula Society-turned-Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2003. The success of these two projects, coupled with Black’s narrative short film SOMETHING CLOSE TO HEAVEN (which was named one of the ten best shorts of 2001 and earned Black a spot on AMC’s “Five Filmmakers to Watch” special), lead to a successful stint producing, directing and writing TLC’s hit program FAKING IT, based upon the famous BBC series about ordinary citizens spending time in a field far removed from their normal lives. The program received notices for its unflinching sociological commentaries.

In 2004, Black signed on to draw on his devout Mormon childhood experiences in San Antonio, Texas as a writer on HBO’s Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated polygamist drama BIG LOVE. Black recently wrapped the third season of the series, in which he also served as co-producer. During his work on the series, Black often traveled to San Francisco, where he spent many years as a teenager, to research the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to a major public office. Milk’s message of hope lead Black to pen his screenplay for MILK, which stars Academy Award® winner Sean Penn, Academy Award® Nominee Josh Brolin, James Franco, and Emile Hirsch. The film was released by Focus Features in November 2008 to unanimous praise, later receiving 8 Oscar® Nominations including Best Picture of the Year.

Prior to MILK, Black penned the story and screenplay for PEDRO, the first scripted project from Bunim-Murray Productions about the life and legacy of famed REAL WORLD cast member Pedro Zamora. The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and debuts on MTV this spring.

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, Producers

Glatzer and Westmoreland’s recent film Quinceanera made Sundance history in 2006 when it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. It went on to win numerous other prizes, including the Humanitas screenwriting Award and the John Cassavettes Spirit Award. After earning a PhD in English literature, Richard Glatzer left academia to establish himself as an American indie filmmaker. Glatzer’s first feature film Grief (1994) broke new ground… Read more [+]

by treating the AIDS crisis with depth and unexpected humor. Grief was launched at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals and won top prizes at both the San Francisco Frameline Festival and the Torino Festival. In 1995, Glatzer met Westmoreland and they began making films together. Their first collaboration, The Fluffer (2001), premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and internationally at Berlin and it went on to become an international cult classic. Hailing from Leeds, England, Westmoreland earned his college degree in Politics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and soon after moved to America. In the last decade has made several acclaimed documentaries. In 2004, he went undercover, leaving his political affiliations at the door, to direct a film about the tormented Gay Republicans that won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the AFI Festival.

Jonathan Murray, Executive Producer

Widely credited with inventing the modern reality television genre, Jonathan Murray continues to inspire, influence and entertain television audiences worldwide. Since the 1992 launch of “The Real World” (MTV), Murray has created and executive produced more than 60 seasons and close to 2000 hours of the industry’s most innovative unscripted entertainment television, as well as its first unscripted feature film. Read more [+]

Murray got his start in local television, spending six years at WLUK-TV, WXIA-TV and WKYC-TV in news, documentaries, station management (WOKR-TV) and programming. He then worked with the television rep firm HRP, Inc. where he helped local stations buy and schedule their syndicated programming.

In 1991, Murray and Mary Ellis Bunim pitched their idea for an unscripted drama series to MTV executives over breakfast. MTV bought the show before lunchtime, and the landmark success of Bunim/Murray Productions was underway. The innovative series merged Bunim’s experience in scripted daytime dramas with Murray's documentary and news expertise and it broke all the rules of television production. “The Real World” quickly became part of the cultural DNA of young people the world over and continues to thrive, with its 21th season in production.

During the 1990s Murray and Bunim grew their production operation from a two-person shop into an industry powerhouse. They created and executive produced an incredible array of entertainment including such seminal television shows as “The Real World,” “Road Rules,” “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” “The Simple Life,” “Starting Over,” “Making the Band” and “Love Cruise,” as well as the feature film The Real Cancun. Despite the loss of Bunim to cancer in early in 2004, Murray continues to lead the company they founded together to new heights.

As president of Bunim/Murray Productions, Murray guides the creative process that has distinguished the company’s shows since the early 1990s. In 2007, the company launched BMP Films which sold its first, critically acclaimed documentary, “Autism: The Musical” to HBO. In 2008 the company continues to thrive, producing projects for primetime and cable television platforms, including the 21st season of “The Real World” (MTV), the 16th season of “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge” (MTV), the third season of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” (E!), the second season of “The Supreme Court of Comedy” (DirecTV), “Old Skool with Terry and Gita” (upcoming on VH1) and “Living Lohan” (E!). Bunim/Murray will also be stepping in to produce the 6th season of “Project Runway” and the upcoming “Models of the Runway” for Lifetime. Recently aired Bunim/Murray series include “America’s Psychic Challenge” (Lifetime), “Murder” (Spike) and “Dr. Steve-O” (USA).

Receiving Emmy nominations for “The Real World” and “Road Rules,” in 2005 Murray earned his first Emmy Award for “Starting Over.” Jonathan Murray graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Los Angeles.

Gil Goldschein, Executive Producer

Having negotiated unprecedented development and production deals, Gil Goldschein serves as Chief Operating Officer of Bunim/Murray Productions. In his role, he oversees the daily management and growth of the company. Additionally, Goldschein spearheads corporate initiatives as the company has recently begun to segue into the documentary, scripted television and film marketplaces, as well as focusing on international distribution of its television and film product, original content production for new media outlets including the web, and its music management division. Read more [+]

Goldschein most recently served as general counsel for Bunim/Murray and has headed up the company’s business and legal affairs group since 2001. In this capacity, he brokered development and production deals with every major broadcast and cable network, overseeing all aspects of business and legal affairs from development through post-production on over 60 separate seasons of primetime series including network comedies, syndicated and cable product. Goldschein negotiated an unprecedented five season pick-up of the MTV series “The Real World”, and oversaw negotiation and served as lead production attorney on the first-ever reality feature, The Real Cancun, distributed by New Line Cinema. He has also negotiated and served as lead production attorney on the first-ever reality soap opera and Emmy Award-winning strip “Starting Over” for NBC Universal Domestic Television, which spanned more than 500 one-hour episodes over three successful seasons.

In 2008, with fifteen projects currently in various stages of production, the company is thriving under the leadership of Goldschein. Over the past year and a half, Goldschein has promoted several key employees and broadened Bunim/Murray Production’s management team by making several strategic new hires including a CFO, EIC, head of new media, SVP of business and legal affairs and a VP of Human Resources, as well as two new development executives, tactical motions that play an integral role in the company’s robust programming line up and its continued growth.

The company is currently producing projects for primetime and cable television platforms, including the twenty-first season of The Real World (MTV), the sixteenth season of The Real World/Road Rules Challenge, the third season of Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!), the third season of Bad Girls Club (Oxygen), and the second season of Supreme Court of Comedy (Direct TV). While the company is committed to its returning shows, its slate is expanding with Living Lohan (E! Entertainment), the upcoming Ski Patrol (TruTV) and pilots in the works at MTV, TLC and TBS as well as a pilot for TV Land titled What’s in the Box. Goldschein recently negotiated a deal with The Weinstein Company for the company to step in and produce Project Runway and Models of the Runway (Lifetime). Additionally, one year after announcing the launch of BMP Films, the company has begun production on its second documentary, an as-yet untitled film biography of DHL founder Larry Hillblom. BMP Films’ first documentary, Autism: The Musical premiered to rave reviews on HBO on March 25, 2008 and is nominated for 5 EMMY awards and its first independent feature film is PEDRO.

Prior to joining BMP, Gil worked in the Business Affairs Department at the William Morris Agency, where he was responsible for negotiating talent and new media agreements. Originally from New York, Gil is a graduate of Yeshiva University and received his J.D. at Brooklyn Law School. Gil has been a guest lecturer at Berkeley, Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools, and is a member of the California, New Jersey and New York State Bars.

Scott Freeman, Executive Producer

Freeman serves as Executive Vice President, Current Programming & Development for Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP). Currently, he shepherds such projects as "The Bad Girls Club" for Oxygen, "Living Lohan" for E! Entertainment, "Ski Patrol" for truTV, "Supreme Court of Comedy" for Direct TV and the "What's in the Box?" game show pilot for TV Land. Freeman heads up BMP's development team with a busy slate of original and acquired projects continuously being developed, pitched and sold to broadcast and cable networks, new media outlets and international buyers. Read more [+]

In addition to his programming and development duties, Freeman is an Executive Producer on "The Real World/Road Rules Challenges" and was Co-EP on the recent "The Real World Awards Bash" special - both on MTV.

Among the company's signature projects to which Freeman has contributed his creative energy are "The Real World," "Road Rules," "The Simple Life," the Emmy Award winning "Starting Over," "Making the Band," "Murder," "America's Psychic Challenge," "Dr. Steve-O," the documentary "Autism: The Musical" and the first reality movie "The Real Cancun." He continues to act as the unofficial "alumni director" for BMP's continuously growing family of cast members and previously was the BMP coordinator for the best-selling books and videos based on "The Real World" and "Road Rules."

Before over a decade at BMP, Freeman worked in the TV syndication and cable department of the William Morris Agency and as a segment producer/talent coordinator for television specials in the U.S. and Scandinavia, the talk show "Conversations with Dinah (Shore)" on TNN: The Nashville Network, "Match Game" for ABC Daytime and various pilots, telethons and home videos.

Prior to his career in Los Angeles, Freeman earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and traveled as a student/performer with the international youth program Up With People. He was Director of Publicity and Publications for San Jose Repertory Theatre and was a freelance entertainment writer/reviewer for Los Gatos Magazine and other South Bay Area publications.

Paris Barclay, Executive Producer

Barclay received two Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series for his work on NYPD Blue. He also took home the DGA Award for the same series (for Jimmy Smits' final episode), and was Emmy® nominated for directing an episode of The West Wing. He also received an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series as co-creator, writer and director of the groundbreaking drama City of Angels, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Direction… Read more [+]

in a Drama Series for Cold Case, as well as six DGA Award nominations for ER, NYPD Blue, House and The West Wing. For producing and directing, he has also received the Peabody Award, two Humanitas Prizes, the Alma Award, the Stephen Kolzak Award from GLAAD, and a Golden Globe nomination.

He has directed over 80 hours of television, including not only the shows mentioned above, but such diverse shows as Lost, Weeds, CSI, Law & Order, Monk, The Shield, Clueless, American Dreams and the new shows Sons of Anarchy and The Mentalist. Barclay also co-wrote and directed the pilot Hate for Showtime starring Marcia Gay Harden, and served as the Co-Executive Producer and principal director of CBS’ hit drama Cold Case. Paris co-executive produced and directed 12 episodes of the first season of the critically acclaimed new HBO series In Treatment starring Gabriel Byrne, Dianne Wiest and Blair Underwood. He will return this winter as an Executive Producer of the second season.

Previously, Paris directed the HBO film The Cherokee Kid, starring Sinbad, Burt Reynolds and James Coburn, and the feature Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans. Paris had his start directing commercials and music videos for the likes of Janet Jackson, Bob Dylan and LL Cool J for whom he directed the MTV and Billboard award-winning video for “Mama Said Knock You Out.” He has several writing projects in development, including a feature co-written with Dustin Lance Black entitled A Life Like Mine, and a television film based on Jack Hamman’s non-fiction book On American Soil.

As a playwright and composer, Paris has written 16 musicals, including One Red Flower, based on the collection Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam. It has been produced in Boston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and Washington DC. He also co-wrote and directed the musical Order My Steps for the Cornerstone Theater Company, and has contributed songs to shows like Romper Room, Clueless, and his own TNT pilot The Big Time. Two of his early musicals were produced in New York: Almos’ a Man (based on a Richard Wright short story) at SoHo Rep, and On Hold With Music (starring Jason Alexander) in workshop at the Manhattan Theater Club. A frequent participant in ASCAP’s Musical Theater Workshops (with Charles Strouse, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim as mentors), both Almos’ a Man and One Red Flower were developed there.

Paris currently serves as the First Vice President of the Board for the Directors Guild of America, breaking barriers by serving as the first African-American officer in the history of the Guild. As a producer and director, Barclay has earned three other Emmy® nominations, a Golden Globe® nomination, two Humanitas Prizes, the Peabody Award and the Alma Award, the 2007 Robert B. Aldrich Service Award for distinguished service to the Directors Guild, joining such illustrious past recipients as Arthur Hiller, Gil Cates, and Robert Wise.

Anne Clements, Producer

In 2006, Clements produced the feature film QUINCEAÑERA which went on to win numerous awards including the Sundance Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize, Humanitas Prize and the John Cassavetes Award for Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. The film was released by Sony Pictures Classics. Last year Anne executive produced the award-winning feature SHELTER by Jonah Markowitz and produced the comedy feature PING PONG PLAYA… Read more [+]

by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu. SHELTER was theatrically released by Regent Releasing. PING PONG PLAYA had its world premiere at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and will be theatrically released by IFC in the Fall of 2008. Anne was also recently nominated for the Producer's Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.

Chris Panizzon, Producer

Panizzon has recently risen in the independent film business since transitioning just a few years ago from his position as an Investment Banker at JP Morgan. He produced PEDRO along with Ms. Anne Clements. Previously, Mr. Panizzon produced three other independent features: GANGSTA RAP (ThinkFilm, 2007), THE WEEKEND (Warner Brothers, 2007), and SHELTER (Regent Releasing, 2008). SHELTER was a #1 Selling Independently Distributed Drama on Amazon.com in the Spring of 2008. In addition, Mr. Panizzon is a partner in Siren Studios, the West Coast's fastest growing fashion and advertising photography studio.

Mark Putnam, Director of Photography

Throughout the past seventeen years, Mark has served as both director of photography and camera operator on over twenty five narrative short films, and eighteen independent feature films

The films that Mark has photographed have played in film festivals all over the world. Twice he had has his work represented at the Sundance Film Festival, with “Valerie Flake” in 1999, and “I Love You, Don’t Touch Me!”, an audience favorite in 1997, which had a theatrical release in 1998. Read more [+]

Mark’s most recently completed feature entitled “I Love Your Work” is currently available on DVD. The cast included Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Christina Ricci, and Jason Lee, featuring cameos by Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello.

Mark shot “The Fluffer”, which broke the house box office record at The Quad Cinemas in New York City, and played at many art houses across the country. The film has been featured on The Hear Network as well.

“Scotch and Milk”, shot in black and white for director / actor Adam Goldberg, earned a Grand Jury 1st prize at the 1998 Idyllwild Film Festival. Most recently the film headlined a series on the Sundance Channel entitled “The 10 Best Films You’ve Never Seen”. Mark’s work on the film was featured in the July 1998 issue of American Cinematographer Magazine.

Mark’s documentary work has allowed him to travel the globe, including a story about a cross country skier from Mongolia for the 1998 Winter Olympics, which was nominated for an Emmy award.

Mark’s other television credits include work for HBO, ESPN’s World Series of Poker, and he was also the Lighting Director on Monday Night Football for four seasons.

A graduate of both NYU and The American Film Institute, Mark considers himself to be a storyteller. Along with his sense of humor, Mark is a dedicated, hard worker who honors commitment and loyalty. Above all else, he looks forward to working with others who enjoy the film making process as much as he does.

Jonathan Alberts, Editor

Alberts was born and raised in Canada and completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montréal. He graduated from the American Film Institute in editing in 2001 and has since worked extensively in both narrative and documentary features. Some of his past projects include Wristcutters: A Love Story, which premiered at Sundance and was recently released by Autonomous Films/Lionsgate, Malachance, Happiness Runs, and Out of the Shadow, a documentary about schizophrenia that was nationally broadcast on PBS. He attended the 2007 Sundance Directing Lab.

Denise Hudson, Production Designer

Hudson attended UC Berkeley and spent the next few years traveling the world studying fashion and theater design. Hudson completed a Masters Degree in design at the Yale School of Drama and then began a film career on the west coast. As an art director, she worked on such films as AUSTIN POWERS, BLUE CRUSH and HBO's 61*. She began her work as a production designer with QUINCEAÑERA, the much acclaimed indie film and winner of the Sundance Audience and Jury Award 2006. Since then she has production designed the independent features SHELTER, THE PERFECT GAME, PING PONG PLAYA, RAIN. RAIN will also be making its world premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Denise is currently designing the next installment of Sacha Baron Cohen's Ali G characters titled BRUNO.

Shawn Young, Music Supervisor

Young started his career writing entertainment and music pieces for several nationally published magazines. He then moved on to do Acquisitions, Marketing and Publicity for the new media company QuickBand Networks. In 2000, he began his feature film work on CAST AWAY and went on to work on such projects as SPIDER-MAN, HULK, CAT IN THE HAT, SPANGLISH, BEWITCHED, WORLD TRADE CENTER and LIONS FOR LAMBS. In 2005 Shaun music supervised the Sundance award winning feature QUINCEAÑERA. Since then, he has music supervised and consulted several pilots and independent features including PING PONG PLAYA which will be theatrically released by IFC in September 2008.

Barbara Cohen, Composer

Cohen is a gifted composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Her intricate body of work embraces a variety of musical genres from folk, roots rock, trip-hop, electronica and world music. This former Virgin Records recording artist has credits that include co-founding the trip-hop band Brother Sun, Sister Moon, collaborating with England’s rave luminaries Orbital on their big beat-techno classic Middle of Nowhere as well as being a featured vocalist for France’s experimental duo Air. Read more [+]

Cohen’s diversity and ability to bring seemingly disparate musical elements together can be heard in her scores ranging from the 1930’s Klezmer influenced score for the Academy Award winning short The Confession to the whimsical horn and Mellotron arrangements for the film American Shopper to the ambient, Andean guitar and charango music for the PBS documentary The Judge and The General. Her songs have been placed on a variety of film and television, including Fox pictures, Broke Down Palace, Director Michael Radford’s Film Dancing at the Blue Iguana and NBC’s Third Watch. Cohen has been the recipient of many awards, among them: The 2008 BMI Conducting Workshop, The 2005 Sundance Film Composer Lab Fellowship and The Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Grant for artistry and composition.