Introduced by artist/filmmaker Laurie Simmons, who leads a Q&A following the film screening

New York artist Ellie Shine (played by the film’s director, artist Laurie Simmons) is looking to gain inspiration and tranquility as she house-sits for a friend in upstate New York. Accompanied by her lovable handicapped terrier, Ellie comes of age—middle age—in her new surroundings. She turns the adjoining barn into a studio and stages elaborate re-creations of classic movie scenes, ranging from Some Like It Hot to A Clockwork Orange.

Business unexpectedly evolves into possible pleasure when Ellie invites three locals to participate in her vignettes. Soon, all three men are romantically interested in Ellie, but she’s determined to resist anything that would disrupt her creative process. The cast includes Robert Clohessy, Parker Posey, John Rothman, Josh Safdie, and Lena Dunham—Simmons’s real-life daughter.

About the Filmmaker
Laurie Simmons is an internationally recognized artist whose work is included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Whitney Museum, among others. In 2006 she wrote and directed a short film, The Music of Regret, starring Meryl Streep. Simmons has had retrospectives at the Gothenburg Museum of Art in Sweden; Neus Museum in Nuremberg; and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

• “The New York Times” examines Simmons’s art, film, and how her work continues to push boundaries

• Read an interview with Simmons.

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Laurie Simmons
Running Time
86 minutes
Digital, Color