Artist Projects

The Darkness of Day


Jay Rosenblatt

The Darkness of Day is a haunting meditation on suicide. It is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage that had been discarded. The sadness, isolation and desire to escape are recorded on film in various contexts. Voice-over readings from the journal kept by a brother of the filmmaker’s friend who committed suicide in 1990 intermix with a range of compelling stories, from the poignant double suicide of an elderly American couple to a Japanese teenager who jumped into a volcano, spawning over a thousand imitations. While this is a serious exploration of a cultural taboo, the film’s lyrical qualities invite the viewer to approach the subject with understanding and compassion.

Project Updates

  • 2010: The Darkness of Day wins Best Short Documentary at the Krakow Film Festival in Poland

  • 2010: The Darkness of Day wins Best Short Documentary at the It’s All True Documentary Film Festival in Brazil

  • 2010: The Darkness of Day wins First Place in the Experimental category at the USA Film Festival, Dallas

  • 2010: The Darkness of Day receives award for best short documentary from the Play Doc festival in Spain

  • 2010: The Darkness of Day receives Best Documentary award from the Tampere Film Festival

  • 2010: The Darkness of Day competes at international documentary film festivals including the San Francisco International Film Festival; Punto de Vista Documentary Film Festival; Telluride Film Festival; Full Frame Film Festival; International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA); the Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente; True/False Film Festival in Columbia, MO; ZagrebDox in Croatia; AFI-Discovery Silverdocs Documentary Festival in Silver Spring, MD; and the DOKUFEST International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo.