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I Just Wanted to Be Somebody

Produced and Directed by Jay Rosenblatt
10 minutes • Beta SP • color • 2006

Grand Prize, Regensburg Short Film Week, Germany

What do the religious right and the gay liberation movement have in common? Both were fortified by the efforts of one woman – Anita Bryant. Part document and part poem, I Just Wanted to Be Somebody brings us back to the late 1970’s and reflects on Bryant’s life and the impact she had. The film is comprised of news footage, commercials and Bryant’s own home movies. (Clips from I Just Wanted to Be Somebody appear in Gus Van Zant's film MILK.)


Grand Prize, Regensburg Short Film Week, Germany
First Prize, Athens International Film & Video Festival, Ohio
2nd Prize, Documentary, Marin County Fair Film Competition 
Award of Merit, California State Fair


Sundance Film Festival
IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)
SF Frameline Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Palm Springs International Short Film Festival
Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, Canada
Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany
Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece
DocumentaMadrid, Spain
Uppsala Film Festival, Sweden
Sydney Film Festival, Australia
IndieLisboa, Portugal
Ann Arbor Film Festival
Silverlake Film Festival, Los Angeles
Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Punta Vista, Spain
Hamburg Short Film Festival, Germany
Ashland Film Festival
Madrid Doc Festival, Spain
Newfest, New York
Sarasota Film Festival
Arizona Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival
Odense Film Festival, Denmark
Winterhur Film Festival, Switzerland
Seattle Film Festival
London Film Festival
DOCSDF, Mexico
Guelph Film festival
Newport Short Film Festival
Inside Out, Toronto
Mix Festival, New York
Kassel Film Festival, Germany
Denver International Film Festival
L’Alternativa, Spain
VideoEx, Switzerland
Boston Museum


Produced and directed by Jay Rosenblatt
Letter written and read by Fenton Johnson

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