Two Films By Jay Rosenblatt

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November 17 only

Director Jay Rosenblatt in conversation with Academy nominated director Kris Samuelson after the films!

 

WHEN WE WERE BULLIES

Cut out pictures of children arranged in a circle and superimposed in front of their grade school

“Sensitive, interesting, reflective, and with implications very beyond the childhood story, into human nature, and the weaknesses of human nature, and the dangerousness of those weaknesses. Beautiful work. Mick LaSalle, SF Chronicle

When We Were Bullies begins with a mind boggling “coincidence” from 25 years ago which ultimately leads the filmmaker to track down his 5th grade class (and 5th grade teacher) to see what they remember of a bullying incident from 50 years ago. In a playful yet poignant way, he begins to understand his complicity and the bully in all of us.

San Francisco Theatrical Premiere. Official Selection, Telluride Film Festival. World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Written and Directed by Jay Rosenblatt. 36 minutes • Pro Res HQ • color/B&W • 2021


THE SMELL OF BURNING ANTS

black & white image of a mother pulling up the pants of a young boy in their bathroom

“…a profoundly disturbing and imaginative work.”–Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

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 deprive boys of wholeness.

Winner of 23 Awards. Written and directed by Jay Rosenblatt. 21 minutes • Pro Res HQ • color/B&W • 1994


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