Jay Rosenblatt at DOK Leipzig
Filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt reflects this year's festival motto Nach der Angst (Post-Angst) in his work like no other. A master of the short film and proficient in working with archive footage, he will be joining us at DOK Leipzig not only to receive the honour of our homage, but also to show his latest collective project: a portrayal of the USA under President Donald Trump.
DOK Leipzig is recognising the documentary filmmaker with this year's homage Visual Electrics. The Cinema of Jay Rosenblatt. The Special Programme will be accompanied by a Master Class, in which Jay Rosenblatt will give insights into his working methods. In addition, he will be a juror in the Next Masters Competition and has created an exclusive festival trailer.
The use of archive footage is central to this experimental filmmaker’s work, some of which is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA in New York. Rosenblatt uses a wide variety of sources, such as educational, amateur and corporate films. By taking found film sequences out of their original context, his works unleash new meanings. The homage brings together his best-known films Human Remains and The Smell of Burning Ants as well as more current works, including The Kodachrome Elegies.
In a special screening held in cooperation with MDR Kultur we will be showing another work that Jay Rosenblatt has contributed to: Filmmakers Unite, a collective cinematic project concerned with the current state of things in the "Land of the Free", since Donald Trump was elected president. The film incorporates documentary, fictional and experimental contributions from 16 directors, among them Alan Berliner, Pacho Velez and Ferne Pearlstein, and will be shown on 1 November at Leipzig's Hauptbahnhof (Osthalle). Before the screening, film journalist Knut Elstermann will be talking to Jay Rosenblatt about his films, his work at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and, of course, about Filmmakers Unite. Admission to the talk Feeling Trumped. Measuring the Mood, which includes the film screening, is free. Please note that this event is not suitable for children and young people under the age of 12.