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The Films of Jay Rosenblatt - Vol 1.

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The Films of Jay Rosenblatt - Vol 1.


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Restricted (1999) 1 minute 
Take a chance. Don’t do it. This is America. Do it. 
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 

Short of Breath (1990) 10 minutes 
A collage about birth, death, sex and suicide. 
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival

The Smell of Burning Ants (1994) 21 minutes 
An exploration of gender, male socialization and boyhood cruelty. 
First Prize, Locarno International Film Festival 
Winner of 23 awards

Human Remains (1998) 30 minutes 
A film about the banality of evil. 
Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival 
Winner of 27 awards

King of the Jews (2000) 18 minutes 
A personal essay about Jesus, Jews and anti-Semitism. 
Grand Prize, USA Film Festival 

Brain in the Desert 
A film about relationships and insects. 
• Includes essay by noted film author Ray Carney.

The Films of Jay Rosenblatt - Vol. 2 

Jay Rosenblatt, who has been making short films since the early 1980s, makes films that deal with a variety of themes — from birth and childhood to religious faith, tyranny and death. Frequently screened on public television and film festivals, Rosenblatt ’s films are consistently recognized for their unique style and his commitment to taking risks.

"I had been making traditional narrative films using actors and found it stressful. (...) I happened to be working on a project -- it was a film sequence for a theatre piece -- that required some archival footage. The need to use existing footage led me to the optical printer, which is a machine that allows a filmmaker to manipulate existing footage in different, new ways. This was a real discovery for me and I began moving more and more toward the use of found footage to create my films. (...) I wasn't trying to mask the found-footage aspect, to deliver a throughline but with the pieces in a kind of juxtaposition." - excerpts from the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER - OCTOBER 29-30, 2005 & the MIAMI NEW TIMES - July 26, 2001

“An exquisite artist who makes beautifully crafted miniatures.” Atom Egoyan

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