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The Darkness of Day
a film about suicide

Written and Directed by Jay Rosenblatt
26 minutes • DigiBeta & Beta SP • color/B&W • 2009

Best Documentary - Tampere Film Festival

The Darkness of Day is a haunting meditation on suicide. It is comprised entirely of found 16mm footage that had been discarded. The sadness, the isolation, and the 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, its lyrical qualities invite the viewer to approach the subject with understanding and compassion.

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Best Documentary - Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Best Short Documentary - It's All True Documentary Festival, Brazil
Best Short Documentary - Krakow Film Festival, Poland
Best Short Documentary - Play Doc Film Festival, Spain
Best Short Film - Cali International Film Festival, Colombia
Best Experimental Film - USA Film Festival 
Special Mention - Punto De Vista, Spain 
Special Mention - Dokufest, Kosova 
Honorable Mention - DOXA, Vancouver, Canada 


Telluride Film Festival
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
True/False Documentary Film Festival
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Oberhausen Short Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Zagreb Dox
Buenos Aires International Film Festival 
Athens Film and Video Festival, Ohio
Hamburg Short Film Festival
Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival
Huesca Film Festival, Spain
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali, Columbia
Dallas Video Festival
Denver International Film Festival
Winterhur Film Festival, Switzerland
Festival dei Popoli, Italy
Kassel Film Festival, Germany 


Producer, Director, Writer, Editor: Jay Rosenblatt
Co-Writer: Jeff Greenwald
Journal Writing: Jordan M. Greenwald
Original music: Erik Ian Walker
Voices: Beverly Berning & Richard J. Silberg
Additional writing & creative consultant: Thomas Logoreci
Editing consultants: Ellen Bruno, Harvey Schwartz & Caveh Zahedi
Archival research: Lucas Morrison


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