DocFest, "the film festival that provides a manageable amount of the truth," (ha!) kicks off tonight. The fest runs through June 19 (here's their schedule), but tonight has a real treat: a screening of Actress, "a film about starring in the movie of your life."
Brandy Burre, who you might recall from The Wire, gave up her acting career to start a family. But her life as a mom in upstate New York seems to be Yellow Wallpapering her out, so she decides to make a comeback. This doc mixes in "staged melodrama and cinema verité," to make, DocFest organizers say, "a beautifully intimate portrait of a performer coming face to face with life's difficult compromises, while reframing the complex-yet-familiar question: Can women have it all?" Lean in, Brandy! Lean in!
After tonight's screening, Actress director Robert Greene (the recipient of this year's DocFest "Non Fiction Vanguard Award") will do a Q&A. Then there's an after party with free booze, and music from Gaucho, "a gypsy jazz sextet."