Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

United States
RIFF 2022

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song

118 Minutes | United States | 2021


An exploration of Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his renowned hymn, “Hallelujah” and the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart topping hit; and moving testimonies from artists for whom the song has become a personal touchstone.

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Director’s Bio

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Dan Geller — Producer/Director/Camera
Dayna Goldfine — Producer/Director/Editor/Location Sound For over 30 years, Emmy-award winning directors/producers Geller and Goldfine have jointly created critically acclaimed multi character documentary narratives that braid the personal stories of their protagonists to form a larger portrait of the human experience. Their most recent film, The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and its European premiere in Berlin. It opened theatrically to strong critical reviews nationwide in April 2014, has played theaters and festivals internationally, and is now available worldwide on VOD as well as consumer and educational DVD.
Geller and Goldfine’s work also includes the award-winning Something Ventured (2011), which premiered at SXSW and went on to play festivals and screen internationally, as well as in educational distribution, VOD and consumer DVD release worldwide, including a national PBS broadcast in January 2013; Ballets Russes (2005), which was recognized as one of the top five documentaries of 2005 by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review, appearing on a dozen critical top-ten
lists, including Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle and Slate; Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors, which premiered theatrically in October 1999 and aired on PBS in October 2000 as the lead program of the Independent Lens series; Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S. (1996), a feature-length documentary about the South Bronx-based art group, which aired on Cinemax in September 1998 and was the recipient of two national Emmy Awards; Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994); and, the award-winning Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul (1988).
Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine were admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2014.

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    118 Minutes
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    United States
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    RIFF 2022
  • Director:
    Daniel GELLER, Dayna GOLDFINE
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    Jonathan Dana, Morgan Neville, Alan Light
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