A Woman Like Me Directed
Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti USA / 2015 / 84 minutes
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Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Elizabeth Giamatti
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When filmmaker Alex Sichel learns she has metastatic breast cancer, she decides to persevere by making a movie about a woman facing the same diagnosis, displaying as much optimism as she can, while simultaneously documenting her own experience. The result is two movies unfolding side-by-side, with behind-the-scenes footage of both. Sound confusing? Perhaps. But once you are immersed, A Woman Like Me proceeds with unflinching honesty, humor and an enormous dose of personal strength. A majority of the film is diary-style, with Alex speaking into her handheld camera. Enlisted to play Anna, Alex's upbeat fictional alter-ego, Lili Taylor is directed on screen in scenes that meander between pure fantasy and reenactments of real-life moments, playing them not always as Alexis behaved, but in the way she wishes she had. In a brave effort, that is at times painful, yet always touching, the legacy Alex leaves is raw and real.
-- Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Alex Sichel (Director, Writer) directed the feature All Over Me, released by New Line, which UCLA's Journal of Cinema and Media Studies named one of the top films by women directors. All Over Me won the Teddy Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for many other awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Open Palm Award. Alex's short film, Amnesia, was distributed worldwide, won top honors at numerous festivals, and was a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the New Line Cinema Award and a Cine Golden Eagle. Alex created a segment of the three-part If These Walls Could Talk 2 for HBO, starring Michelle Williams and Chloe Sevigny. If These Walls Could Talk 2 won the Glaad Media Award for Outstanding Television Movie and was nominated for four Emmies. Alex worked in documentary, experimental films and videos, shorts, features and television as a writer, director, producer and editor. She taught directing for many years, most recently as part of the full-time faculty at NYU's Undergraduate Film and Television Department. She also taught for many years at Columbia University's Graduate Film Division as well as at NYU's Tisch Graduate Film Program. Alex was a recipient of Macdowell and Yaddo Fellowships and was a member of the Directors Guild of America. She received an MFA in Directing from Columbia University's Graduate Film Division and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University.
Cast/Featuring: Lili Taylor, Jonathan Cake, Maeve McGrath, Lynn Cohen
Producer(s): Elizabeth Giamatti
Director(s): Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti
Screenwriter(s): Alex Sichel, Melissa James Gibson
Cinematographer(s): Kirsten Johnson, Michael Simmonds, Reuben Kleiner
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