New York City artist Ellie (Laurie Simmons) is convinced her career is in a rut. Although she’s a well-respected professor in a prestigious art college, she has not produced any work of her own in years. She plans to spend the summer housesitting a wealthy friend’s sprawling upstate mansion while reinventing herself with an ambitious new project. Accompanied by her adorable handicapped pup, Bing, Ellie cannot wait to immerse herself in her new surroundings.
Unlike back home, no one in this small, idyllic town questions Ellie’s credentials as an artist. If anything, it’s here that being an artist earns celebrity status. Finding confidence in a more supportive environment, Ellie dives into making her art. Restaging elaborate scenes from iconic films like Some Like It Hot and A Clockwork Orange, she substitutes legendary film stars with ordinary people to play the leading roles.
Frank (Robert Clohessy), a widowed actor-turned-gardener who never rid himself of the acting bug, and John (John Rothman), a practicing lawyer whose failed marriages have him questioning his life choices, have embraced their roles as Ellie’s love interests. As the project begins to take off, Ellie, Frank, and John find that they have grown less concerned with their own problems and more willing to consciously lose themselves in the illusory world of cinema.
In MY ART, Simmons (a notable graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art) runs the show as writer and director, crafting a rom-com about self-realization and its limits and contradictions. Featuring great cameos by Lena Dunham, Parker Posey, and Broadway legend Blair Brown.