18 NOV - 4 DEC 2022

How Do You Measure a Year?



Over seventeen years, filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt filmed his daughter Ella on her birthday, asking her the same questions. In just 29 minutes, we watch her grow from a toddler to a young woman with all the beautiful and awkward stages in between. Each phase is captured fleetingly but makes an indelible mark. Her responses to her father’s questions are just a backdrop to a deeper story of parental love, acceptance and, ultimately, independence.


Jay Rosenblatt is an internationally recognised artist and independent filmmaker who has made more than thirty films over the last four decades. Personal in content yet universal in appeal, his work explores our emotional and psychological cores. His films have won over a hundred awards and been screened at Sundance, MoMA and the Film Forum in New York, as well as further afield. His most recent work to be screened at l'Alternativa was The Kodachrome Elegies (2017). Articles about his work have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Filmmaker magazine and The Village Voice.