MY ART
Ellie Shine (Laurie Simmons) is a single artist living in New York City. Ellie has a good life: a stable teaching job, successful friends, and a loyal, aging dog named Bing. As her decades-old dream of a respectable place in the art world becomes more elusive, her frustration with her lack of recognition feels alarmingly urgent. When she is offered the summer house and studio of a famous friend she seizes the opportunity to hit the reset button on her life and work. She 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.


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RINGTONE
Ringtone, 2014

Still frame animation with sound




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GEISHA SONG
Geisha Song. 2011. 2:14 min. Camera: Paul Yee Editor: Laura Israel Singer: Eureka Matsukawa Costume: Kimono Hiro in NY


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TINY FURNITURE, A FILM BY LENA DUNHAM
Lena Dunham writes, directs and stars as Aura, the girl who really wants you to know that she is having a very, very hard time. Lena's mother, photographer Laurie Simmons, plays the fictional mother of Aura, and Dunham's precocious sister Grace Dunham plays Nadine, Aura's precocious sister. Alex Karpovsky and David Call are two very different but equally humiliating romantic interests; Jemima Kirke and Merritt Wever are Aura's diametrically opposed friends. This is Dunham's second feature film; the first, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW in March 2009.


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THE MUSIC OF REGRET
A mini-musical in three acts starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and the Alvin Ailey II dancers. The Music of Regret. 2006. USA. 35mm film (transferred to HD CAM). 40 min. Directed by Laurie Simmons, Cinematography by Ed Lachman ASC, Music by Michael Rohatyn, Lyrics by Laurie Simmons, Produced by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Donald Rosenfeld, Salon 94, and Performa with RoseLee Goldberg.


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SLOW DANCE
Film short. Slow Dance. 2007. USA. 35mm film (transferred to HD CAM). 4:28 min. Directed by Laurie Simmons, Cinematography by Ed Lachman ASC, Music by Michael Rohatyn, Lyrics by Laurie Simmons


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