An Author's Retrospective: Jay Rosenblatt


Jay Rosenblatt, Jennifer Frame
Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
The first period is an important experience in every girl's life. Still, it is hardly ever discussed.

The first period is an important experience in every girl's life. Still, it is hardly ever discussed. Women of all ages (from 8 to 84) and cultures talk about their periods in a sincere and witty way. Their moving stories reveal how they see their 'femininity', family dynamics and the society's complex perception of period. As a counterpoint to their stories, clips from educational films about period from the 1950s are included in the film. 'Period Piece' is about the hard time girls have when their bodies "negotiate" with culture. The word period is rarely used in public. In many families it is not mentioned at all. Instead of celebrating this crucial moment, women deodorize it, sanitize it and conceal the evidence of it.


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.

Jennifer Frame

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1996, 30', color, video

Directed by:
Jay Rosenblatt, Jennifer Frame

Screenplay by:
Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt

Caitlin Manning

Edited by:
Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt

Jennifer Frame, Jay Rosenblatt

Festivals & Awards:

National Educational Media Network – Bronze Apple; Columbus International Film Festival - Honorable Mention
National Council on Family Relations – Media Award