Brava Theatre Thu, Jun 5, 2014 8:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Robert Greene
Running Time:82
Year of Release:2014
Premiere:West Coast Premiere


This is what happens when we break the rules. Once a rising star on the iconic HBO TV drama THE WIRE, Brandy Burre became pregnant and gave up her acting career to start a family. She now leads a picturesque domestic existence in upstate New York. But Brandy breaks things—rules, expectations—and can’t not perform. She craves action. She stages a slow dance in the shower and uses a clothes hanger as a scene partner in her one-woman performance of everyday life. But practicing her art manqué through daily gestures, and living life as a creative outlet, aren’t enough anymore. Brandy decides to make a comeback.

Balancing the demands of work and home, and playing all the parts—mother, lover, wife, performer—leads to painful choices and realizations. Can she be both supermom and superstar? Selfless and selfish?

Using elements of staged melodrama and cinema verité, ACTRESS is a beautifully intimate portrait of a performer coming face to face with life's difficult compromises, while reframing the complex-yet-familiar question: Can women have it all? It’s a film about starring in the movie of your life.

* Filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening moderated discussion with film critic Michael Fox on 6/5.

After the screening, join us for the After Party, with complimentary beverages courtesy of Blue Angel Vodka, Lagunitas, Spicy Vines and Dark Horse and live music by GAUCHO