Jay Rosenblatt Showcase
Born in 1955 in Brooklyn, NY, filmmaker Jay
Rosenblatt has long been settled in San
Francisco. There, he went to Psychology school
and even worked as a therapist, an experience
perfectly fit for the elaboration of an experimental
filmmaking which combines intimacy and
social concerns, particularly through a very personal
use of archive images.
Usually choosing black and white photography
and a short format Ė his films are shorter than 30
minutes -, Rosenblatt became a true aesthete of
minimalism. Recognition to his work began after
1998, when his movie Human Remains received
honors at the Sundance Festival, opening way to
another 26 international awards for this work,
which uses images of several dictators like Hitler,
Stalin, Mussolini, Franco and Mao.
Prayer (2002) is one of his reflections about the
9/11 attacks, calling out for tolerance by using
the images of Muslim pilgrims.
Fatherhood is the focus of I Used to be a
Filmmaker (2003), where the director creates a
series of vignettes about ordinary events from
the birth to the first steps of his first daughter.
The death of his younger brother, at 9, is the conducting
thread of Phantom Limb (2005), in which
he explores the feelings of loss, pain, guilt and
penitence that upset him up to this day.
Afraid So (2006) exposes the feeling of fear using
a poem in which each stanza makes up a new
question. I Just Wanted to Be Somebody (2007)
reopens the discussion about an antigay militant
from the late 70ís, Anita Bryant.