Thursday, March 31, 2005

Matters of Life and Death

Phantom Limb and Other New Work

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Jay Rosenblatt (The Smell of Burning Ants, Short of Breath) is best known for emotionally riveting work crafted largely from carefully mined and rhythmically re-printed and edited educational footage. Continuing this tradition, his new Phantom Limb (2005) is a collection of reflections on grief and loss triggered by the death of a child, and it is his most personal film to date. This half-hour premiere will be accompanied by other films about life, comedies focusing on his daughter Ella, including I Used To Be A Filmmaker, I Like It A Lot, and Little Tramp. Also: Worm, Friend Good, and Prayer. (Irina Leimbacher)