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Jay Rosenblatt's The Darkness of Day Premieres at MoMA

October 7, 2010

The Darkness of Day The Museum of Modern Art New York, NY Screenings October 13–18 Film Premiere October 13, 7:00pm 2008 Film/Video grantee Jay Rosenblatt's Creative Capital project, The Darkness of Day, will have its New York premiere this week at The Museum of Modern Art and run throughout the week. The film, which has screened at festivals worldwide to much acclaim, is the centerpiece of an exhibition of Rosenblatt’s work, The Darkness of Day: Recent Films by Jay Rosenblatt. Rosenblatt will introduce the program at the premiere on October 13. A haunting meditation on suicide, The Darkness of Day is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage—educational and industrial films, commercials, news clips and home movies—that had been discarded. Sadness, isolation and desire to escape are recorded on film in various contexts. Voice-over readings of poetry, journal entries and personal memoirs 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. Back to Listing