The Music of Regret
Directed by Laurie Simmons
Artists Laurie Simmons and Alison Maclean are paired for a program of two films that play with our notions of conscience and excruciating situations. Laurie Simmons, best known for her photographs of miniature rooms populated by dolls and oversized objects, adds puppets, ventriloquists’ dummies, and performances by Meryl Streep and members of the Alvin Ailey Dance company to create this three-act mini-musical. With cinematography by Ed Lachman and music composed by Michael Rohaytn, writer/director Simmons makes her first venture into filmmaking. 2006, U.S., video, 40 minutes.
Introduced by director Alison Maclean and actor David Rakoff
Maclean (whose film Jesus’ Son was screened as part of Women with Vision 2000) directs I_ntolerable_, a humorous short film about actors lining up for a casting call in New York and the duplicitous director (played by writer/satirist David Rakoff) who awaits them. He is secretly filming their auditions (for this film) as he asks each person to act out their escape from an imaginary intolerable situation. 2006, U.S., video, 32 minutes.