Film Movement presents:
a film by Laurie Simmons
featuring Lena Dunham, Parker Posey, Blair Brown and others.
LOS ANGELES THEATRICAL PREMIERE
January 19, 2018
at Laemmle Ahyra Fine Arts
Opening Night Q&A with Laurie Simmons and Lena Dunham.
Reception to follow.
Film Movement announces the Los Angeles theatrical premiere of My Art, a new film by internationally recognized artist Laurie Simmons (following its NYC premiere on January 12).An official selection of the Venice Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and others, My Art is Simmons’ first feature film, and she wrote, directed and stars in the work, alongside her daughter Lena Dunham other celebrated actors including Parker Posey, Robert Clohessy, Robert Clohessy John Rothman, Josh Safdie, Blair Brown and Barbara Sukowa. My Art centers the odd and unexpected journey of Ellie Shine, who is offered the summer home of a famous friend, and an opportunity to reinvent herself in pursuit of her decades-old dream of art-world recognition.
My Art examines an unshakable creative impulse, one that drives Ellie to use everything and everyone around her to push ahead as she seizes the opportunity to hit the reset button on her life and work. Director Laurie Simmons stars as Ellie, a single artist living in New York City, frustrated with her lack of recognition. Funny and probing, Simmons/Ellie reenacts the characters and references a range of classic cinema, including scenes from Morocco, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Picnic, The Misfits, Jules and Jim, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Clockwork Orange and Some Like It Hot.
“I started writing My Art shortly being cast as the artist-mother in Tiny Furniture, a film by Lena Dunham,” notes Simmons. “I became preoccupied with the depiction of artists, particularly women artists. Almost invariably, they are mythologized, romanticized, and made to seem tragic and crazy, which has no bearing on my own experience. I wanted to create a character who was fearless about focusing her artistic voice and embracing a new medium.”
Ellie unwittingly finds inspiration in two out-of-work actors who maintain the gardens at her summer retreat: Frank (Robert Clohessy), a recent widower trying to reassemble his life by turning his back on a mediocre acting career, and Tom (Josh Safdie), a young, hungry actor whose wife (Parker Posey) has a less ambitious vision for their idyllic country life. Joining them is John (John Rothman), a thrice-divorced, disillusioned lawyer looking for a summer distraction. This unlikely trio helps Ellie reinvent her artistic identity by participating in her DIY art videos—improbable recreations of old Hollywood films. They accompany Ellie on an odd and unexpected journey toward finding her late-blooming artistic momentum.
U.S.A. / 2016 / Drama, Comedy / English
87 min / 2.35:1 / 2.0 & 5.1 Surround Sounds
Ellie :: Laurie Simmons
Meryl :: Lena Dunham
Frank :: Robert Clohessy
John :: John Rothman
Tom :: Josh Safdie
Angie :: Parker Posey
Mickey :: Blair Brown
Veronika :: Barbara Sukowa
Written by Laurie Simmons
Directed by Laurie Simmons
Produced by Andrew Fierberg
Executive Producers – Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn | Richard Edwards
Cinematography – Tom Richmond
Music Composed by Will Epstein
Music Supervisors – Annie Perlman, Melissa Chapman
Editor – Betsy Kagen
Costume Design – Stacey Battat
Production Design – Kelly McGehee
Line Producer – Tina Piccari