An Author's Retrospective: Jay Rosenblatt


Jay Rosenblatt
Screening time  
01.03. / Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
When he was nine, Jay Rosenblatt lost his little brother. That personal story is the starting point of this film.

When he was nine, Jay Rosenblatt lost his little brother. His parents could not cope with the loss and the whole family was feeling great pain. This personal story is the starting point of the film 'Phantom Limb'. Were it about bereavement or divorce, we all go through the same stages of mourning. Some face pain by denying it, some are angry, depressed; finally, there follows acceptance of a sort, which leads to healing. In this poetical documentary, Rosenblatt interviews a graveyard owner, a patient whose limb has been cut off and an author of a book about life after death, reminding viewers that sadness is a painful and isolating experience, some kind of a reminder about finality of life.


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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2005, 28', color/bw, video

Directed by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Screenplay by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Ara Corbett, Todd Curtis, Jay Rosenblatt

Arvo Pärt, Eliane Radigue

Jay Rosenblatt

Festivals & Awards:

Black Maria Film & Video Festival – First Prize; Florida Film Festival – Best Short Documentary; Belgrade Documentary Film Festival - Best Documentary; IndieLisboa – Onda Curta Short Film Award; Seattle International Film Festival - Special Jury Award; Humboldt International Film Festival - Juror's Choice Award; Ann Arbor Film Festival – Honorable Mention; Prends ça court – Best International Short; Festival dei Popoli – Special Mention Award; Imago Film Festival –  Special Mention Award; Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement - Special Mention Award; Punto de Vista Festival - Special Mention Award; International Documentary Association –  Distinguished Documentary Award Nomination