Jay won a Primetime Emmy and American Cinema Editors' Award for Editing HEARTS OF DARKNESS, A FILMMAKER'S APOCALYPSE, the groundbreaking documentary about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s Oscar-winning film, APOCALYSE NOW. He was also an Editor on 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, which won the Academy Award and Spirit Award for Best Documentary.
Jay Co-Directed and Edited THE HEALING FORCE, about Norman Cousins and he Co-Produced and recorded Sound on Errol Morris’ iconic documentary GATES OF HEAVEN.
Jay was Writer and/or Editor of TV specials, including Fox TV's IDOLS, about teen idols, DIAMONDS, about New York diamond dealers, and the Emmy-winning THE COLONEL COMES TO JAPAN, about Kentucky Fried Chicken in Japan.
He was Director and Editor of TV specials documenting Malcolm Forbes' balloon expeditions throughout the world, and SUBMISSION, a narrative feature starring Corbin Bernsen and Simone Mackinnon. He was also Co-Director and Writer of “MARILYN, MY LOVE, about the life of Marilyn Monroe, and was Director, Writer and Editor of the documentary specials, AMERICAN MIDNIGHT, about the tragic history of the Mena, Arkansas Train Deaths, and LOST LIGHTNING, THE STOLEN SECRETS OF NIKOLA TESLA. He was a Segment Director/Producer on the Fox television series TEMPTATION ISLAND, Producer and Director of THE NEPAL BUILD, a TV special for Habitat for Humanity, and Director and Writer on the THE IMPOSTORS for the Discovery Channel, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.
His recent editing and writing projects include the feature documentaries CARPE KILIMANJARO, SPIRIT GAME, and NEWMAN. Jay is currently Director and Writer of EASY RIDER, THE JOURNEY, slated to open in 2019 - the 50th anniversary of the release of EASY RIDER.
Jay attended UC Berkeley, where he studied painting, sculpture and world cinema. At the UCB Pacific Film Archives, he met and assisted several renowned filmmakers, including Francis Coppola, George Lucas, Milos Forman, Wim Wenders, Nagisa Oshima, Jean-Luc Goddard, and Werner Herzog.