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Ann Dowd has been acting for over 30 years. (She's not ready to state her age: "I'm sure I look whatever age I am.") She landed the juiciest movie role of her life  in Craig Zobel's 2012 Sundance hit "Compliance." And she nabbed some terrific reviews for her performance as a restaurant manager who allows a phantom cop on the telephone to force her to strip, search and harrass a comely teenage girl employee who is accused of stealing. The manager does what she is told without questioning the "cop"'s authority. Her character is horrifyingly believable. She thinks she's doing the right thing. Now Dowd's running with the ball. She has little extra cash, but a pal in New York, Stephen Holt, connected her with a publicist who was willing to help her out. Indie distributor Magnolia sent out screeners for the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy--paid for by »


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