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Jay Rosenblatt

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Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over twenty-five films. His work explores our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal.

His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. A selection of his films had theatrical runs at the Film Forum in New York and at theaters around the country.

Eight of his films have been at the Sundance Film Festival and several of his films have shown on HBO/Cinemax, the Independent Film Channel and the Sundance Channel. Articles about his work have appeared in the Sunday NY Times Arts & Leisure section, the LA Times, the NY Times, Filmmaker magazine and the Village Voice.

Jay is a recipient of a Guggenheim, USA Artists and a Rockefeller Fellowship.

Jay is originally from New York and has lived in San Francisco for many years. He has been a film and video production instructor since 1989 at various film schools in the Bay Area, including Stanford University, S.F. State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and, in a former life, worked as a therapist.


Doubt (11´, USA, 1981)
Blood Test (27´, USA, 1985)
Paris X 2 (26´, USA, 1988)
Brain in the Desert (5´, USA, 1990)
Short Of Breath (10´, USA, 1990)
The Smell of Burning Ants (21´, USA, 1994)
Period Piece - Co-directed with Jennifer Frame (30´, USA, 1996)
Human Remains (30´, USA, 1998)
a pregnant moment (24´, USA, 1999)
RESTRICTED (1´, USA, 1999)
drop (1´, USA, 2000)
King of the Jews (18´, USA, 2000)
Worm (2´, USA, 2001)
Nine Lives -The Eternal Moment of Now (1´, USA, 2001)
Prayer (3´, USA, 2002)
Decidi (1´, USA, 2002)
Friend Good (5´, USA, 2003)
I Used to Be a Filmmaker (10´, USA, 2003)
I Like It a Lot (4´, USA, 2004)
I'm Charlie Chaplin (8´, USA, 2005)
Phantom Limb (28´, USA, 2005)
Afraid So (3´, USA, 2006)
I Just Wanted to Be Somebody (10´, USA, 2006)
Four Questions for a Rabbi (12´, USA, 2008)
Beginning Filmmaking (23´, USA, 2008)
The Darkness of Day (26´, USA, 2009)
The D Train (5', USA, 2011)
Inquire Within (4', USA, 2012)
The Claustrum (15', USA, 2014)


I Just Wanted to Be Somebody

I Just Wanted to Be Somebody (Orig.) / 2006 / United States / 10 min

What do the religious right and the gay liberation movement have in common? Both were fortified by the efforts of one woman – Anita Bryant.



Trace of the future according to Jay Rosenblatt

Une trace du futur selon Jay Rosenblatt (Orig.) / 2014 / United States / 2 min

Filmmakers that were selected at Visions du Réel in the past twenty editions celebrate the Festival's anniversary by each making a short movie in which they expose their view of the future.





“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.

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- 16.1.2017 -

Charter 77

Charter 77

We commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Charter 77 by presenting documentary profiles of the signatories to this important initiative of anti-communist resistance. Learn more about the context of this historical event by means of an authentic film experience.

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- 10.1.2017 -

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

Merry and Cinematic Christmas from DAFilms!

A bonus subscription to DAFilms.com is a present you will never get tired of thanks to its diversity. You can get it for your close ones or just for yourself.

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- 14.12.2016 -

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