DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt

A part of this year’s homage to Jay Rosenblatt, the master composer of short films, will talk about the question "How To Make the Grim Artfully Appear Beautiful?"


Jay Rosenblatt has been making short collage and diary films since 1980 and teaching film and video production at various schools in the San Francisco Bay area since 1989. This year’s festival pays tribute to his films in four programmes to engage the viewer’s senses, set out to challenge rather than convince.


The majority of his works are assembled from found footage, archival material, discarded filmstrips, and found or manipulated sound. He uses footage from ephemeral film genres such as industrial, amateur or educational films, puts it into new contexts, whereby he defamiliarises, reconstructs, remixes, recontextualises and thus multiplies the meaning of these images. According to his own statements he 'liberates' them from their original, intentional context and transfers them elsewhere.


In conversation with the curator of the homage, Ralph Eue, he will discuss his body of work and his creative process.


With examples from the original found footage and their use in his films, Jay Rosenblatt will introduce the complex interlacing of images, sounds, and subjects that make his films unique. 




Leena Pasanen, DOK Leipzig



Ralph Eue, DOK Leipzig


The Masterclass with Jay Rosenblatt is part of the DOK Nachwuchs programme and realised in cooperation with SLM.