She's The Best Thing In It Directed
Ron Nyswaner USA / 2014 / 80 minutes New York Premiere
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Ron Nyswaner
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.
Oscar-nominated writer/producer Ron Nywaner's first documentary feature is an examination of the actor's craft and the sacrifices demanded by a lifelong career. Watch the feisty and and at times hilarious veteran character actor and Tony Award winner, Mary Louise Wilson, age 79, teach her first acting class to skeptical members of the YouTube generation, smashing their red carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty into their acting. Featuring interviews with Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper, and playwright Doug Wright, She's The Best Thing in It discusses what it means to be a character actor, whether acting can be taught, what constitutes 'talent,' and whether the profession is harder for women. Nyswaner, known for such features as Philadelphia, The Painted Veil and the popular TV series Ray Donovan, handles this film and its real life subject with the same sympatico and style that he brings to his perceptively portrayed fictional characters.
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BIO: Ron Nyswaner's writing and producing credits include one of the most memorable and influential Hollywood dramas of recent times, Philadelphia; a critically acclaimed and controversial cable television film, Soldier's Girl; the romantic dramaThe Painted Veil, and the upcoming, gay-marriage themed Freeheld, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. After two seasons as writer/co-executive producer on Showtime's hit series, Ray Donovan, he is now a writer/co-executive producer on Season Five of the compelling CIA drama, Homeland.
Cast/Featuring: Mary Louise Wilson, Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Valerie Harper, Estelle Parsons, Tyne Daly, Charlotte Rae, Lisa Joyce, Mary Birdsong, Doug Wright
Producer(s): Neda Armian, Ron Nyswaner, Jeffrey Schwarz
Director(s): Ron Nyswaner
Editor(s): Eric F. Martin, Tyler Hubby, Jeffrey Schwarz
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