The Darkness of Day. 2009. USA. Directed by Jay Rosenblatt

This weeklong run of recent work by the San Francisco–based filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt includes a sneak preview of a new work; the New York premiere of The Darkness of Day (2009), a stoic yet tender meditation on suicide; and the award-winning Phantom Limb (2005), a haunting expression of loss and grief. Rosenblatt, a master of the found-footage form, interweaves neglected or discarded educational and industrial films, commercials, news clips, and home movies with subtly layered soundtracks that feature readings of poetry, journal entries, and personal memoirs, along with music by Benjamin Britten, Arvo Pärt, and other composers. Works in the program also include Afraid So (2006), based on a Jeanne Marie Beaumont poem and narrated by Garrison Keillor; the grimly humorous I Just Wanted to Be Somebody (2006), about the singer and anti–gay rights crusader Anita Bryant; and Prayer (2001), a reflection on anxiety and blind faith in post-9/11 America. The Darkness of Day is a project of Creative Capital.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Associate Curator, with Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator, Department of Film.