Archive-driven filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt (HBO’s “Phantom Limb”) seamlessly splices together historical anecdotes and found 16mm footage from educational films, newsreels and home videos, exploring the subject of suicide with understanding and compassion.
A hypnotic and compelling video meditation, THE DARKNESS OF DAY utilizes a unique approach to a subject usually presented in a more clinical fashion. The haunting documentary combines neglected films with a soundtrack of poetry, journal entries, moving memoir readings and delicate music by composer Erik Ian Walker. The rare 16mm stock footage is accompanied by poignant excerpts from the diary of a depressed man, as well as a voiceover offering an historical perspective on the phenomenon of suicide. By pairing unusual found imagery with real stories, Rosenblatt creates a rich, multilayered documentary that explores themes of personal truth, grief and loss.
THE DARKNESS OF DAY won several awards on the festival circuit worldwide, including Best Documentary (Tampere Film Festival), Best Short Film (Cali International Film Festival) and Best Experimental Film (USA Film Festival), as well as screening at Telluride 2009, IDFA 2010, True/False 2010, Silverdocs 2010, San Francisco IFF 2010 and Denver IFF 2010, among others. It also screened for a week in October 2010 at MoMA’s Jay Rosenblatt retrospective.
An internationally recognized artist and independent filmmaker, Jay Rosenblatt has made more than 25 films, which have received more than 100 awards. His previous HBO and CINEMAX documentaries include “Beginning Filmmaking” (2009), “Phantom Limb” (2006) and “Human Remains” (1999).
THE DARKNESS OF DAY is directed by Jay Rosenblatt; written by Jeff Greenwald and Jay Rosenblatt; edited by Jay Rosenblatt; music by Erik Ian Walker; produced by Jay Rosenblatt.