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Friday, February 6 – Wednesday, February 11

*Director Robert Greene will participate in Q+A following the 7:00 show on Friday, February 6. The DocYard presents director Robert Greene and film subject Brandy Burre in person for Q+A moderated by Paul Turano following the 7:00 show on Tuesday, February 10 (rescheduled from Mon 2/9).

(2014) dir Robert Greene w/Brandy Burre [86 min; DCP]
Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s The Wire when she gave up her career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she’s carefully created crumbles around her. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, ACTRESS is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, in a complex-yet-familiar story.

Artfully combining fly-on-the-wall moments with confessional interview footage and gorgeously composed shots that evoke a Douglas Sirk film, director Robert Greene has created a disarmingly complex documentary. ACTRESS is about more than just its subject – though she is a compelling one – and what it means to be a middle-aged, working actress today. It also invites us to question the way we create our own narratives and how we are all really actors and actresses in our own daily lives. It’s a film about starring in the movie of your life.

Winner: Best Storytelling in a Documentary Feature – 2014 Nantucket Film Festival
Official Selection: 2014 True/False Film Fest, 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival, CPH:DOX 2014, and IDFA 2014

★★★½ “Unnervingly self-reflexive and puckishly ironic.” – Peter Keough, Boston Globe

“Robert Greene’s extraordinary collaboration with actress Brandy Burre is a playful, provocative examination of self-performance.” – Variety

“Elusive and intriguing.” – New York Times

“Mesmerizing. A modern day ‘Sunset Boulevard.'” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“One of the greatest documentaries I’ve ever seen.” – Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

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