When Brandy decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world sheʼs carefully created crumbles around her.
Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBOʼs iconic drama The Wire when she got pregnant with the first of her two children. She gave up her career and moved to a small town to raise her new family with her partner, Tim. Things were fine for a while. But when Brandy decides to get back into acting, the foundations of her domestic life prove too fragile for her ambitions and the way she sees herself. As she tries to find a balance between being a good mother and her desires for the life she once walked away from, Brandy is forced to make painful choices that will affect her family forever. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, Actress is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, in a complex-yet-familiar story. Itʼs a film about starring in the movie of your life. When a woman performs the roles of mother, wife and actor, whatʼs real? How far will Brandy go to remake her life? Actress chronicles what happens when we break the rules.
Robert Greene’s films include the Gotham Awards–nominated Actress (2014), Fake It So Real (2012), and Kati with an I (2010). Robert has edited films including Queen of Earth (2015) and Listen Up Philip (2014) by Alex Ross Perry, Approaching the Elephant (2014) by Amanda Rose Wilder, and Christmas, Again (2014) by Charles Poekel. Robert writes for Sight & Sound and is the filmmaker-in-chief at the Murray Center for Documentary Journalism at the University of Missouri.