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Jay Myself

2018, Stephen Wilkes, USA, 79 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 20th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 20th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Sep 21st 6:45pm
  • Sat, Sep 21st 8:30pm
  • Sun, Sep 22nd 1:15pm
  • Mon, Sep 23rd 6:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 24th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Sep 25th 6:15pm
  • Thu, Sep 26th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere!

"Lovely...After watching JAY MYSELF, you yourself may begin to see the world in a whole new way"—Owen Gleiberman, Variety

"An energetic documentary...I's a fun journey."—Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

Renowned photographer Jay Maisel's home/studio was not like other artists'. It was a six-story, 72-room bank on NYC's Bowery, purchased at a pre-gentrification price in 1969. Every one of those rooms was stuffed to the rafters with objects—some might call them "junk"—accumulated according to idiosyncratic principles ("I have a room that's just circles"). Maisel's collecting compulsion was motivated by the same impulse as his photography: to truly notice the world around us. In 2015, skyrocketing costs obliged Maisel to sell his beloved building, and he allowed his onetime intern and longtime friend Stephen Wilkes, himself a noted photographer, to document the epic task (35 truckloads!) of moving out. The result is an affectionate portrait of the gruff, garrulous Maisel, an ode to a disappearing city, and a poignant acknowledgement of the attritions of age. DCP digital. (MR)

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