My Art — Artists Love Movies

“Every artist is obsessed with movies, including myself,” said Laurie Simmons, who presented her film My Art as part of the Sag Harbor Cinema’s Artists Love Movies series on Sunday, August 26, at Pierson High School.

The film marks Simmons’s directorial debut. She is also an acclaimed artist and photographer. Simmons plays Ellie, a 65-year-old artist in New York City whose career needs a change. During a summer in upstate New York, her art leads her to create reenactments of classic Hollywood films.

Following the screening there was a conversation with Simmons and her daughter, Lena Dunham, best known for the hit series “Girls,” who also makes a cameo in the film. “She’s such a huge part of the reason that I wanted to make films or even thought I could make films,” said Dunham of her mother.

The Artists Love Movies series concludes on Sunday, September 16, with a screening of Leonard Bernstein: Reaching For The Note, with the composer’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein.

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