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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.



Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

Visegrad? Where the hell is that?

With this daring motto, playfully ironic visual design and primarily interesting film selection, Visegrad Film Festival presented its programme in Cork, Ireland. How was it, where does it go and why is it actually held in Ireland?

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- 26.9.2016 -

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

A Showcase of Asian Documentary Film Jewels? TIDF!

The interest in all things Asian is growing faster than capital markets in the global world. That goes for documentary films as well. The contemporary production of Asian documentary filmmakers is regularly presented by Taiwan International Documentary Festival.

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- 12.9.2016 -

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

Gulîstan, Land of Roses Wins Prestigious Doc Alliance Selection Award at Locarno IFF

On Sunday, August 7, young director Zaynê Akyol became the 9th winner of the unique Doc Alliance Selection Award that is awarded since 2008 by the international Doc Alliance platform. The Kurdish director based in Canada received the award during an award ceremony at Locarno IFF. Along with the award, the filmmaker also received financial support of 5.000 euro for her future film.

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- 8.8.2016 -

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