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Actress and the Act of Being

16 November 2014 6:15 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Sean Price Williams shot parts of the Actress with Robert Greene, and the two were clearly of the same mind about the sovereignty of their subject. A pretty teen, Kati is easy to sexualize, and despite a narrative turn that reveals she is sexually active, this is one girl not getting played for her prurient appeal. Comparing Kati to Greene’s next film, a doc about amateur wrestlers in the South called Fake It So Real, you’ll naturally think Greene flew from the most delicately feminine subject to the most flagrantly masculine one.>> -Sara Vizcarrondo. »

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Review: Meta Documentary 'Actress' Is Admirable From A Distance

10 November 2014 2:05 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

He tackled the weather in 2009 ("Owning the Weather"), pro-wrestling in 2012 ("Fake It So Real"), and this year documentarian Robert Greene has taken on another tempestuous, albeit much more intimate, subject with "Actress." It's the portrait of Brandy Burre, playing herself, as an actress who voluntarily placed her career on the back burner in favor of playing some of life's hardest parts: a mother raising children and a partner trying her best to maintain a happy home life. She's a familiar face to the perceptive viewer with a great memory, for Burre's most prestigious role was Theresa D'Agostino, the politically savvy campaign manager in HBO’s “The Wire.” After her biggest gig, however, Burre took a hiatus and decided to concentrate on family. Greene takes an avant-garde approach in detailing her attempt at getting back into acting now that her two children have grown out of diapers. It’s an expertly »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Simple Physics: ‘The Theory Of Everything’ Is Specialty Box Office Whiz — Preview

6 November 2014 8:13 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

This weekend is shaping up to mirror early fall, when specialty distributors packed theaters with new titles. Many of those disappeared quickly, and this weekend could be similar as companies usher in about a dozen limited-release theatrical newcomers. Focus FeaturesThe Theory Of Everything, however, has amassed a good amount of attention. Directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (Man On Wire), the Stephen Hawking biopic is opening two months after its Toronto debut. Two notable nonfiction titles also join the fray this weekend: Cinema Guild’s Actress, from director Robert Greene, and Zipporah FilmsNational Gallery by nonfiction maverick Frederick Wiseman. Both deserve attention as the awards-race heats up. Two years after the theatrical bow of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President is the focus of Amplify’s The Better Angels — though it focuses a very different phase of his life. Distrib Films is opening Italian political »

- Brian Brooks

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Interview: Robert Greene & Brandy Burre (Actress)

6 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Having recently been picked up for theatrical distribution by The Cinema Guild, director Robert Greene’s latest documentary digs deep into the idea of life as performance, which he tested initially with his prior films Fake It So Real and Kati with an I. Actress in turn is a singular portrait of Brandy Burre, an actress whose claim to fame is her portrayal of Theresa D’Agostino from The Wire, yet her rising star actually pushed her away from the limelight and into the role of wife and mother. Greene’s film sees her bored with her adopted roles and anxious to re-enter show business with a new, fresh perspective, but as it turns out the challenges are not just professional.

Actress premiered earlier this year at the True/False Film Festival and has subsequently made the rounds at all the major non-fiction fests since, including Hot Docs, where I »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Film Society Lincoln Center's The Art of the Real 2014

10 April 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The 2014 Art of the Real series, running from April 11th through the 26th at New York's Film Society Lincoln Center, could not have possibly asked for a more appropriate film with which to kick off its exploratory ruminations on documentary filmmaking. Raya Martin and Mark Peranson’s La última película is, among several things, a meta-commentary on its own layered being, a jocular doomsday journey through the collapsed scaffolding of the medium itself. Largely riffing on Dennis Hopper’s 1971 acid anti-Western The Last Movie (as well as its behind-the-scenes companion piece, The American Dreamer), Martin and Peranson employ varying film formats—everything from Super 8mm to HD digital—to weave a postmodern quilt that’s forever ripping at the seams. It’s a purposely paradoxical work, caustic and vulnerable, playful and grave, a flickering montage of photographs and an upside-down tracking shot—and, in its mingling of artifice and raw materials, »

- Fernando F. Croce

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True/False Review: Robert Greene's Mesmerizing 'Actress' Features a Disgruntled Actress-Turned-Housewife Facing Life After 'The Wire'

27 February 2014 1:04 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Brandy Burre is Actress," reads the opening credit of Robert Greene’s aptly titled documentary "Actress," setting the stage for a movie wholly consumed by that single, hypnotizing presence. A once-promising thespian who abandoned a role on HBO’s “The Wire” to start a family in upstate New York, Burre invites a tantalizing mixture of fascination and pity. Less nonfiction portrait than a poetic framing of domestic frustrations, "Actress" is about a lot more than flailing show business aspirations.  On the surface, Burre's hardships aren't unique; it's swiftly established that she abandoned her profession to take care of her children. But Greene -- whose lyrical focus on alienated lives included "Fake It So Real" (amateur wrestlers) and "Kati With an I" (a Southern teen faces the onset of adulthood) -- makes it clear that Burre faces a perilous identity crisis. First seen with her back to the camera and facing a sea of dirty dishes, »

- Eric Kohn

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True/False Review: Robert Greene's Mesmerizing 'Actress' Features a Disgruntled Actress-Turned-Housewife Facing Life After 'The Wire'

27 February 2014 1:04 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Brandy Burre is Actress," reads the opening credit of Robert Greene’s aptly titled documentary "Actress," setting the stage for a movie wholly consumed by that single, hypnotizing presence. A once-promising thespian who abandoned a role on HBO’s “The Wire” to start a family in upstate New York, Burre invites a tantalizing mixture of fascination and pity. Less nonfiction portrait than a poetic framing of domestic frustrations, "Actress" is about a lot more than flailing show business aspirations.  On the surface, Burre's hardships aren't unique; it's swiftly established that she abandoned her profession to take care of her children. But Greene -- whose lyrical focus on alienated lives included "Fake It So Real" (amateur wrestlers) and "Kati With an I" (a Southern teen faces the onset of adulthood) -- makes it clear that Burre faces a perilous identity crisis. First seen with her back to the camera and facing a sea of dirty dishes, »

- Eric Kohn

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Exclusive: 'The Wire' Alum Brandy Burre Relaunches Her Career in a Fascinating Teaser for Documentary 'Actress'

5 February 2014 1:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Actress Brandy Burre captivated audiences as campaign fixer Theresa D'Agostino in seasons three and four of HBO's "The Wire." The upcoming film "Actress," directed by Robert Greene, whose 2012 "Fake It So Real" was named one of the best documentaries of 2012 by Roger Ebert, explores Burre's hiatus from acting for motherhood and her current efforts to revitalize her career. Greene, who describes "Actress" as a "nonfiction/melodrama hybrid," initially wanted to explore the role performance could have in a documentary film. "I thought it would be an interesting experiment to make a documentary about a person that, as an actor, couldn’t help but perform when the camera was on her," he explained. Burre, who is Greene's real life next-door neighbor, happened to be the ideal subject. "Actress" will have its world premiere at the True/False Festival starting Feb. 27 and will close the Art of the Real series at Lincoln Center in April. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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