OPENING IN LOS ANGELES ON AUGUST 16
AT LAEMMLE’S ROYAL THEATRE
THE FILM WILL EXPAND TO TOP MARKETS
THROUGHOUT AUGUST + SEPTEMBER
August 4th 2019 – Oscilloscope’s JAY MYSELF directed by Stephen Wilkes had a record breaking opening in New York last week with an estimated weekend per screen total of $19,088 and cume since Wednesday (7/31-8/4) of $27,750. Stephen Wilkes’ documentary about legendary American photographer Jay Maisel, opened exclusively at New York’s Film Forum on Wednesday, July 31. Its combined Weds/Thurs gross represents the Film Forum’s best midweek opening in over three years, while the film’s Fri/Sat/Sun frame is their second best opening weekend gross of the past year. The film is opening in Los Angeles on Friday, August 16 at Laemmle Royal Theater.
JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmaker and Jay’s protégé, noted artist and photographer Stephen Wilkes, the viewer is taken on a remarkable journey through Jay’s life as an artist, mentor, and man; a man grappling with time, life, change, and the end of an era in New York City.
Director: Stephen Wilkes
Producer: Bette Wilkes, Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi
TRT: 76 minutes
Release Date: July 31 in New York & August 16 in Los Angeles
Who is Jay Maisel?
After studying painting and graphic design at Cooper Union and Yale, Jay Maisel began his career in photography in 1954. While his portfolio includes the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Miles Davis, he is perhaps best known for capturing the light, color, and gesture found in everyday life.
Some of his commercial accomplishments include five Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers, the first two covers of New York Magazine, the cover of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue (the best-selling jazz album of all time), twelve years of advertising with United Technologies, and awards from such organizations as ICP, ASMP, ADC, PPA, and Cooper Union.
Since he stopped taking on commercial work in the late ’90s, Jay has continued to focus on his personal work. He has developed a reputation as a giving and inspiring teacher as a result of extensive lecturing and photography workshops throughout the country. He also continues to sell prints, which can be found in private, corporate, and museum collections.
A FILM BY STEPHEN WILKES
*** WORLD PREMIERE AT 2018 DOC NYC ***
*** OFFICIAL SELECTION AT 2019 FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ***
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