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I Used to Be a Filmmaker
Produced and Directed by Jay Rosenblatt
10 minutes • 35mm/Beta SP •  color • 2003

Special Jury Award,  Aspen Shortsfest 

"The hidden gem...Capturing small but delightful moments in the growth from infant to toddler, (the film) is a real keeper."
-David Bianculli, New York Daily News

A film about fatherhood and the bond between a father and his infant daughter.  The filmmaker documents the first eighteen months of the child’s life, showing the progression from newborn to infant to toddler.

HBO Poster (PDF)


“The hidden gem…Capturing small but delightful moments in the growth from infant to toddler, (the film) is a real keeper.”
-David Bianculli, New York Daily News

“Tender and charming.”
-Lynn Elber, Associated Press

"The biggest guilty pleasure of the (Aspen Shortsfest) festival was veteran experimental filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt's "I Used to Be a Filmmaker." Close to the filmmaker's own heart, the piece centers on video of Rosenblatt's infant daughter over the first couple of years of her life. With an eye for framing important moments in a way only an established filmmaker could, Rosenblatt turns what is essentially a well-structured and witty home video into a joyous, funny, and touching work of art."
-Tim LaTorre, indieWire

"With the birth of his darling daughter Ella, Jay is inspired to find new meanings for the language that describes the technique of his career. Life and art are redefined in this hilarious and touching look at parenthood."
-Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival


Special Jury Award - Aspen Shortsfest 
Best Documentary Short - Nashville Film Festival
Award of Excellence - California State Fair 
Award Winner - Marin County Fair
Jurors’ Special Mention - Concorto Film Festival, Italy


Tribeca Film Festival
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Hot Docs, Toronto
Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland
It's All True Documentary Film Festival, Brazil
USA Film Festival
Atlanta Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada
Margaret Mead Film Festival
Mill Valley Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Uppsala Film Festival, Sweden
Chicago International Film Festival
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Sheffield Documentary Film Festival, UK
Palm Springs Short Film Festival
Paris Rencontres
One Reel Film Festival, Seattle
Viper Film Festival, Switzerland
Cracow Film Festival, Poland
Denver Film Festival
Pesaro Film Festival, Italy
L'Alternativa Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Nantucket Film Festival
Encounters South African International Documentary Festival
Docaviv, Israel
Cinequest, San Jose
Athens Film and Video Festival
Martha's Vineyard Film Festival
Jihlava Film Festival, Czech Republic
Mountain Film Festival
Maui Film Festival, Hawaii
Rio Short Film Festival, Brazil
Kansas City Jubilee


Director, Producer, Editor: Jay Rosenblatt
Camera: Thomas Logoreci
With: Ella Rosenblatt


Also includes these two comedy shorts:
I Like It a Lot & I'm Charlie Chaplin

Institutional DVD Sale • $195

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