Watch My Art
- 1 hr 26 min
My Art is a quiet and charming independent film that centers around Ellie (played by writer, director, and star, Laurie Simmons), a struggling New York City artist who is approaching her sixties and still hasn't found success in the art world. She's been working as a video installation artist for years, but her work hasn't been getting much attention, and she's starting to feel like time is running out for her to achieve her dreams. The film starts with Ellie taking a break from the city and heading upstate to stay in a friend's summer home. She's looking for inspiration for her latest project, and the change of scenery seems to do her some good. While there, she meets a group of local artists who are also working on various projects. They quickly become good friends, and Ellie starts to feel like she's found a supportive community that she's been missing in her life. One of the artists she meets is Frank (Robert Clohessy), a friendly and charming musician who takes an immediate interest in Ellie. Their relationship is never overtly romantic, but there's definitely some tension there, and the two share some sweet moments together. Frank is dealing with his own issues, including a strained relationship with his daughter and financial troubles, but he and Ellie keep each other company and encourage each other's creative pursuits. Ellie also befriends a young actress named Sara (played by Lena Dunham's sister, Grace Dunham) who's working on a student film in the area. Ellie agrees to help Sara out with her film, and even takes a small acting role in it. While working on the film, Ellie starts to have some fun and feel like a part of something bigger than herself. One of the film's key themes is the idea of reinventing oneself through art. Ellie is constantly searching for new inspiration, whether it's through her own work or by collaborating with others. She's not afraid to try new things or take risks, and she's always willing to put herself out there creatively. As the film progresses, Ellie's dedication to her art is inspiring, and it's easy to root for her to find the success she deserves. My Art is a gentle and introspective film that explores what it means to be an artist and to pursue one's passions. It's a quiet movie that feels both personal and universal, and it's carried by the strong performances from its small but impressive cast. While it's not a flashy or showy film, it's a lovely and heartfelt story that's well worth watching for anyone who's ever felt like they're struggling to find their place in the world.