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Sporting eyeglasses, turtleneck and full beard, filmmaker Jay Rosenstein
poses for the camera.

Jay Rosenstein

Rosenstein is a documentary producer, director, writer and editor whose work has been broadcast on PBS, ABC World News Tonight, Nickelodeon and the Independent Film Channel, as well as at film festivals around the world. He has produced and directed documentaries including the short Erased, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won a Director's Citation Award from the Black Maria Film Festival and a Special Jury Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival. His previous documentaries include In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports, which aired nationally on P.O.V. and was recognized by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as one of the most outstanding programs on race in American television in 1997 and 1998. Rosenstein has been a frequent speaker on the subject of American Indian mascots in sports, and authored a chapter on the subject for the book Team Spirits. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, the Independent Television Service and the Illinois Arts Council. He is currently an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Illinois, Urbana, and lives in Champaign, IL with his wife and daughter.

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