Jay's editing credits include the Sundance premiering feature documentary Narco Cultura (Cinedigm, 2013), the Academy Award nominated short documentary Redemption (HBO, 2013), Emmy Nominated Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery (HBO, 2008), as well as Wartorn (HBO, 2010) an in-depth look at Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the American Military which had it's world premiere at the Pentagon. He served as a consulting editor for Emmy Nominated Good Fortune (POV, 2009), Slamdance Grand Jury winner Welcome to Pine Hill (Oscilloscope, 2013) and Five Star (winner of the "Best Editing" award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival).

In 2005, Jay co-founded the Meerkat Media Collective, an award winning collective and co-operatively run production company that prioritize shared authorship and skillsharing within their creative process. He edited, photographed and co-directed the collective's first feature length documentary Stages (New Day Films, 2010) which won Best Documentary and the Audience Award when it premiered at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. He also co-directed, produced, photographed and edited their newest feature documentary Brasslands (2013) which has screened around the world including Rotterdam, Los Angeles Film Festival, CPH:DOX and a huge Rooftop Films New York premiere event with four live brass bands and an audience of over 2,000 people.

As an educator, Jay teaches filmmaking workshops for Downtown Community Television Center and has served as a guest instructor at the New School and NYU.  He’s also an active member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and a proud member-owner of New Day Films, the world's longest running filmmaker owned and run distribution cooperative.

Films by Jay Arthur Sterrenberg


A vibrant ethnography of the cultures, lives and stories that collide in the Balkans at the world's largest brass band festival.