Film still from My Art, 2016. Directed by Laurie Simmons. Courtesy of Film Movement.

Film still from My Art, 2016. Directed by Laurie Simmons. Courtesy of Film Movement.

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My Art

MFA presents My Art, the feature directorial debut from acclaimed contemporary artist Laurie Simmons.

Ellie Shine (Laurie Simmons) is an artist in New York City struggling to achieve recognition in the art world. When she is offered the luxurious country house and studio of a famous friend, she seizes the opportunity to escape her urban artworld malaise and get down to work.

She unwittingly finds inspiration—and possible pleasure—in two out-of-work actors who maintain the gardens at her summer retreat: Frank, a recent widower trying to reassemble his life by turning his back on a mediocre acting career, and Tom, a hungry young actor whose wife has a less ambitious vision for their idyllic country life. Joining them is John, a thrice-divorced, disillusioned lawyer looking for a summer distraction. With help from these unexpected collaborators, Ellie turns the home’s adjoining barn into her new workplace, staging elaborate recreations of scenes from classic Hollywood movies, ranging from Some Like it Hot to A Clockwork Orange,that breathe new life into Ellie’s artistic practice.

With humor, grace, a shrewd sense of self, and star-power from the likes of Parker Posey, Lena Dunham, Josh Safdie, John Rothman, and Robert Colhessy, this off-kilter romantic comedy chronicles an unlikely foursome’s odd and fortuitous journey toward mature artistic fulfillment.

Laurie Simmons, United States, 2016, 86 min., English

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Laurie Simmons (b. 1949) is an internationally recognized artist. Her work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim, and the Whitney Museum. In 2006 she wrote and directed The Music of Regret, starring Meryl Streep and the Alvin Ailey Dancers, with cinematography by Ed Lachman.

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