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Laurie Simmons explores creative interactions with life in indie drama 'My Art'

Laurie Simmons explores creative interactions with life in indie drama 'My Art'

Like mother like daughter … or is it like daughter like mother? Lena Dunham was no doubt inspired by her photographer mom Laurie Simmons, and Simmons herself takes a page out of Dunham’s book with the film “My Art,” which she wrote, directed and stars in. Simmons plays Ellie, a New York City working artist and teacher, who departs for a small town in upstate New York over the summer to push her own work to bigger and grander places.

While staging and starring in her impeccably art-directed tributes to classical Hollywood films, Ellie becomes inextricably entwined with the locals who populate this small town. Inexplicably, they all happen to be struggling actors too, so she puts them...

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