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 films have won numerous awards and have screened throughout the world. . A selection of his films had theatrical runs at the Film Forum in New York and at theaters around the country. 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. Articles about his work have appeared in the Sunday NY Times Arts & Leisure section, the LA Times, the NY Times, Filmmaker magazine and the Village Voice. Jay is a recipient of a Guggenheim, a USA Artists grant and a Rockefeller Fellowship.

One of his strengths in the experimental genre has been to create work that is both accessible and challenging. The pacing of his films and the manipulation and recontextualization of found footage creates space and invites audiences as active participants rather than passive consumers. Viewers have room to explore their inner selves and experiences. He creates works which are emotionally unnerving and thought provoking. Most of his films explore our emotional and psychological cores. They are personal in their content yet universal in their appeal.

Jay is originally from New York and has lived in San Francisco since 1983. He has been a film and video production instructor since 1989 at various film schools in the Bay Area including San Francisco State University, San Francisco Art Institute and Stanford University. He has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and, in a former life, spent many years working as a therapist.

"Jay Rosenblatt's films are complex, layered explorations of memory and subjectivity, the ambiguity of recall and the fragility to which the human body, the social order, and the celluloid emulsion are all subject." - Bill Nichols, Professor & author


The Darkness of Day (2009)
Four Questions for a Rabbi (2008)
Beginning Filmmaking (2008)
I Just Wanted To Be Somebody (2006)
Afraid So (2006)
Phantom Limb (2005)
I Like It A Lot (2004)
I Used To Be A Filmmaker (2003)
Prayer (2002)
Underground Zero (2002) co-producer
Decidi! (2002)co-directed with Stephanie Rapp
Nine Lives (The Eternal Moment of Now) (2001)
Worm (2001) co-directed with Caveh Zahedi
King of the Jews (2000)
drop (1999) co-directed with Dina Ciraulo
a pregnant moment (1999) co-directed with Jennifer Frame
Human Remains (1998)
Period Piece (1996) co-directed with Jennifer
Frame The Smell of Burning Ants (1994)
Short Of Breath (1990)
Brain In The Desert (1990) co-directed with Jennifer Frame
Paris X 2 (1988)
Blood Test (1985)
Doubt (1981)