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Short Of Breath

Produced and Directed by Jay Rosenblatt
10 minutes • 16mm • color/B&W • 1990

Best Bay Area Short, S.F. Int'l Film Festival

"Short of Breath is a Rorschach test with moving images instead of ink blots."
-Vincent Canby, NY Times

A woman is reduced to tears.  She bends over backwards trying to be a good wife and mother.  Her head is cut off from her heart.  A doctor picks her brain.  A boy inherits his mother's depression.  Short of Breath is a haunting, emotional collage about birth, death, sex and suicide.  It's like a punch in the stomach.


"Short of Breath is a Rorschach test with moving images instead of ink blots."
-Vincent Canby, NY Times


Best of Category, Bay Area Shorts, Golden Gate Awards - S.F. International Film Festival  
First Prize, Experimental Narrative - Athens International Film Festival
Best Editing Award - Humboldt International Film Festival
Judges' Commendation - Bucks Country Independent Film Festival
Second Place, Independent Film Category - Marin County Fair
Jury Award - Sinking Creek Film Festival


Sundance Film Festival
New Directors/New Films, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Pesaro International Film Festival, Pesaro Italy
Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
International Found Footage Film Festival, Vienna Austria
No-Budget Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Film Arts Festival, San Francisco
San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco
Charlotte Film and Video Festival, North Carolina
New York Film Expo
Bucks County Independent Film Festival Tour (10 cities)
Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour (12 cities)
Walker Art Center
Film Forum, New York (one-week run)
Roxie Cinema, SF (one-week run)
Fine Arts Theatre, Berkeley (one-week run)
Rafael Film Center, San Rafael (one-week run)
Varsity Theater, Seattle (one-week run)
Facets Theatre, Chicago (one-week run)
Acquired by the Chicago Art Institute and Northwest Film Center for their collections.


Written, Directed, Edited: Jay Rosenblatt
Creative Consultant and Sound Mix: Jennifer Frame (aka Seaman)
Special Thanks: Craig Baldwin and Joel Schneider
Funding: Film Arts Foundation Grants Program and Nora S. Chen


Included in The Films of Jay Rosenblatt - Vol. 1

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