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Human Remains
Human Remains is a haunting documentary which illustrates the banality of evil by creating intimate portraits of five of the 20th century's most reviled dictators. The film unveils the personal lives of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin, Francisco Franco…
The Darkness of Day
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…
The Smell of Burning Ants
The Smell of Burning Ants is a haunting documentary on the pains of growing up male. It explores the inner and outer cruelties that boys perpetrate and endure. The film provokes the viewer to reflect on how our society can…
I Used to be a Filmmaker
A film about fatherhood and the bond between a father and his infant daughter. The filmmaker documents the first eighteen months of the child's life, showing the progression from newborn to infant to toddler.
I Just Wanted to be Somebody
What do the religious right and the gay liberation movement have in common? Both were fortified by the efforts of one woman - Anita Bryant. Part document and part poem, I Just Wanted to Be Somebody brings us back to…
Period Piece
Period Piece is a documentary about menarche -- a girl's first menstrual period -- which is a fundamental experience in every woman's life, yet one that is rarely celebrated. Women of different ages (8-84) and multi-cultural backgrounds tell their menarchal…
Phantom Limb
The death of my seven-year-old brother when I was nine remains a painful and haunting memory. My parents did not know how to cope with the loss of their child and the entire family experienced indescribable pain. Phantom Limb uses…
Five Short Films by Jay Rosenblatt
A collection of five short award-winning films by Jay Rosenblatt. Clip #1: "The D Train" - Clip #2: "Afraid So" - Clip #3: "Prayer" - Clip #4: "Nine Lives (The Eternal Moment of Now)" - Clip #5: "Worm" -
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Four Questions for a Rabbi
When Stacey Ross unexpectedly died in 2007, her friends contacted filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt to complete a project she had only just begun. The result is Four Questions for a Rabbi, a film that touches upon issues of identity, persecution and…
The Claustrum
Based on actual psychoanalytic case studies, The Claustrum focuses on three women who are in enclosed psychological zones that function as both refuge and jail.