An Author's Retrospective: Jay Rosenblatt


Jay Rosenblatt
Screening time  
02.03. / Friday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
A haunting meditation on suicide

‘The Darkness of Day’ is a haunting meditation on suicide. It is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage that had been discarded. The sadness, the isolation, and the desire to escape are recorded on film in various contexts. Voice-over readings from the journal kept by a brother of the filmmaker’s friend who committed suicide in 1990 intermix with a range of compelling stories, from the poignant double suicide of an elderly American couple to a Japanese teenager who jumped into a volcano, spawning over a thousand imitations. While this is a serious exploration of a cultural taboo, its lyrical qualities invite the viewer to approach the subject with understanding and compassion.


Jay Rosenblatt

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. His films have received over 100 awards and have screened throughout the world. Eight of his films have been at the Sundance Film Festival and several of his films have shown on HBO/Cinemax, the Independent Film Channel and the Sundance Channel. ZagrebDox screened many of his films in International Competition, My Best Dox, and in the author's retrospective in 2012, when Rosenblatt held a masterclass.

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2009, 26', color/bw, video

Directed by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Screenplay by:
Jay Rosenblatt, Jeff Greenwald

Edited by:
Jay Rosenblatt

Erik Ian Walker

Jay Rosenblatt

Festivals & Awards:

Tampere Film Festival –  Best Documentary; It's All True Documentary Festival – Best Short Documentary; Krakow Film Festival - Best Short Documentary; Play Doc Film Festival - Best Short Documentary; Cali International Film Festival - Best Short Film; USA Film Festival – Best Experimental Film; Punto De Vista –  Special Mention; Dokufest - Special Mention
DOXA - Honorable Mention