Featured Release – Phantom Limb

Phantom Limb directed by Jay Rosenblatt

Every Friday, Fandor’s curators serve up a newly available film worthy of special attention. This week’s Featured Release is the short documentary Phantom Limb directed by Jay Rosenblatt.

“A 28-minute tour de force… a beautiful and original exploration of grief and loss.”
– Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

In our Featured Release this week, experimental filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt relives a painful story from his childhood—the death of his younger brother and the subsequent struggles of his family to cope with the tragedy. Repurposing archival footage with seemingly no direct connection to the subject at hand (amputation depictions, imploding buildings), Rosenblatt makes powerful use of this evocative imagery to tell his story. While Phantom Limb is a personal history, it speaks eloquently to anyone who has experienced significant loss in their life. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to watch this deeply affecting film. Click here to watch now or add to your queue to enjoy later.

Filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt

Jay Rosenblatt

On Keyframe, Michael Sicinski spends some time unpacking Phantom Limb and discussing where Jay Rosenblatt’s work fits in the spectrum of experimental filmmaking:
What’s Missing: Jay Rosenblatt and Phantom Limb (February 21, 2014)

Also of interest is this podcast interview with Rosenblatt where he talks with Filmwax Radio’s Adam Schartoff about his thirty year filmmaking career. You can listen in on the conversation here:
A Conversation with Jay Rosenblatt (February 20, 2014)

Additional Viewing:

Short of Breath (1990) directed by Jay Rosenblatt

Short of Breath directed by Jay Rosenblatt The Smell of Burning Ants (1994) directed by Jay Rosenblatt

The Smell of Burning Ants directed by Jay Rosenblatt

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