09.07.2013

    RETROSPECTIVE: JAY ROSENBLATT

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DokuFest is pleased to announce major retrospective of the master American filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt during the 12th edition of the festival.

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. A blend of archival footage and historical photos, “found footage” in the form of educational and industrial films from the ’50s and ’60s, home movies as well as scenes from Hollywood movies, films of Jay Rosenblatt have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world.  Jay Rosenblatt is a recipient of a Guggenheim, USA Artists and a Rockefeller Fellowship.  Major art institutions like MoMa and film festivals like Visions du Reel have honored him with retrospectives. He is originally from New York and has lived in San Francisco for many years. For more than 20 years he was a film and video production instructor at various film schools in the Bay Area, including Stanford University, S.F. State University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. He is currently the Program Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and, in a former life, worked as a therapist.

The 18 title retrospective includes, among others, such notable films as Human Remains – a film about the banality of evil; Phantom Limb about the death of Rosenblatt’s brother (when he was a little boy); King of the Jews – A highly emotional personal essay on Christian anti-Semitism that weaves together history, autobiography and snippets of Hollywood films depicting the life of Jesus and The Darkness of Day – an haunting meditation on suicide comprised entirely of discarded 16mm footage.

Full list of films:

1. Short of Breath (1990)

2. The Smell of Burning Ants (1994)

3. Human Remains (1998)

4. Restricted (1999)

5. King of the Jews (2000)

6. Worm (2001)

7. Prayer (2002)

8. I Used to Be a Filmmaker (2003)

9. I Like it a Lot (2004)

10. I’m Charlie Chaplin (2005)

11. Phantom Limb (2005)

12. I Just Wanted to Be Somebody (2006)

13. Afraid So (2006)

14. Four Questions for a Rabbi (2008)

15. Beginning Filmmaking (2008)

16. The Darkness of Day (2009)

17. The D Train (2011)

18. Inquire Within (2012)

DokuFest is honored to be able to present the work of Jay Rosenblatt to the audience in Kosovo and to welcome master filmmaker at the festival. Jay Rosenblatt will also serve on a jury of DokuFest and will give master class. The retrospective and the attendance of Mr. Rosenblatt were made possible through the generous support of American Embassy in Kosovo.