“A skillfully crafted, highly entertaining documentary about process, personality and perception. A working man’s ‘Unzipped’, this hugely diverting documentary struts strong niche appeal. Beautifully paced and edited pic, building majestically over an eight-month period to a state of chaotic hysteria where Murphy’s Law reigns supreme, celebrates a triumphant fiasco.” ~VARIETY
“This film is a sweet look at the larger-than-life McCarroll, a terrifying intro to the fashion industry and 100 minutes of really beautiful clothes.” ~PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
“The artistic process stripped of reality TV…a fascinatingly universal story.” ~THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“’Project Runway’ on crack.” ~EXPRESS
“Riveting behind the seams documentary. It could be the new version of Isaac Mizrahi’s ‘Unzipped’, but candid, funnier and titled Uncensored.” ~TORNTO STAR
“Tense and exhilarating.” ~ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
“Jay McCarroll wins again. ‘ELEVEN MINUTES’ offers a primer on the nitty-gritty backdrop that props up the industry’s façade of glam—scenes that ‘Project Runway,’ with its fabric-shopping sprees and sewing machine marathons, won’t show you.” ~MIAMI NEW TIMES
“Fantastic: perfectly paced, intelligently edited and honest to the core. The latter comes courtesy of McCarroll, who is frank, self-aware, charming and relatively even-keeled, considering the nine-ring circus that rages throughout. In the end, the doc movingly evokes McCarroll’s predicament and the double edged sword that is winning ‘Project Runway’.” ~XTRA
“(Four Stars) Evincing a likeable mix of nervous vulnerability and youthful arrogance, the designer proves to be a compelling guide for this frank, funny tour of the fashion world.” ~EYE WEEKLY
Jay McCarroll A Pennsylvania native, Jay McCarroll previously studied fashion at the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science and the London College of Fashion. After graduation, McCarroll returned to London and sold his clothes at the Camden Market. Shortly after that, he moved to Amsterdam and continued to sell his clothes there.
After returning to the United States, McCarroll briefly worked in the adult industry before auditioning for the first season of the hit reality show “Project Runway.” After impressing the judges with his designs, he went on to win the show.
Jay McCarroll currently lives and works in Philadelphia. He has returned to “Project Runway” as a guest judge.