International Competition

Phantom Limb

Jay Rosenblatt

Eliot Rosenblatt was seven when he died of an infection. Some forty years later, his two years older brother is facing grief and guilty feeling over his brother’s death. The director follows twelve phases a person experiences after a loss of a beloved one: ‘Separation’, ‘Collapse’, ‘Bereavement’, ‘Denial’, ‘Confusion’, ‘Shock’, ‘Anger’, ‘Counseling’, ‘Yearning’, ‘Depression’, ‘Communication’ and ‘Comeback’. He does this in twelve chapters in which an intimate story is intersected with interviews with people who are in similar situations and he shows how the grief we experience after tragic events in our lives is always the same for everyone.


Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognized artist who has been working as an independent filmmaker since 1980 and has completed over thirty films. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. His most recent films screened for a week at MoMA, and eight of his films have been screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Jay is a recipient of a Guggenheim, USA Artists and a Rockefeller Fellowship. He is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and served on the Executive Committee for 9 years. Jay 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, 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.

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Phantom Limb

Switzerland, USA
2005, 28', color/bw, 35 mm

Directed by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Screenplay by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Ara Corbett, Todd Curtis, Jay Rosenblatt

Edited by:
Jay Rosenblatt, Lucas Morrison

Arvo Pärt, Eliane Radigue

Jay Rosenblatt

Produced by:
Jay Rosenblatt Films - Locomotion Films