JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel (he shot the cover of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue"), 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.
“Lovely... it’s really about how Jay Maisel, through his camera lens, takes in the world: as a place where every building, every street, every person is endowed with nearly mystical beauty.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“[A] fascinating, improbable, only-in-a-bygone-New York story... Transcend(s) the artist-documentary format and become(s), even more so, a reflection on a life fully and unusually lived that could only emerge between two people with a long, shared history.”
– David Alm, Forbes