Phantom Limbs and Future Remains: Films by Jay Rosenblatt
Since 1980, Jay Rosenblatt has been composing film essays of staggering personal, historical, and ethical immediacy. By salvaging clips from religious films, Nazi propaganda, and instructional videos, and blending them with haunted voice-overs and poetic monologues, Rosenblatt’s montages capture the beauty of a broken world through intimate representations of personal memory and historical trauma. His work conveys, with singular vision and affective power, the creativity, resiliency, and vibrancy of life on earth. This program brings together a selection of Rosenblatt’s major works across three decades, including the Chicago premiere of his newest film, The Kodachrome Elegies.
Curated by Tien-Tien Jong (CMS) as part of the Film Studies Center’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program.
(USA, 1994-2017, 90 min., 16mm & digital files)
The Smell of Burning Ants (1994, 21 min., 16mm from Canyon Cinema)
Human Remains (1998, 30 min., 16mm from Canyon Cinema)
Phantom Limb (2005, 28 min., ProRes HQ from Jay Rosenblatt Films)
The Kodachrome Elegies (2017, 11 min., ProRes HQ from Jay Rosenblatt Films)