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.
"A fascinating look at an artist's life." - John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Maisel is a lovable curmudgeon, and I feel fortunate to have discovered him through this film." - Steven Prokopy, Third Coast Review
Directed by Stephen Wilkes
United States, 2019
Documentary, Jewish Culture, Art, Photography