By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire June 20, 2014 at 10:34AM
Cinema Guild has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Robert Greene's award-winning documentary "Actress" starring Brandy Burre and plans to release the film theatrically this fall.
When it premiered at the True/False Festival in Missouri in February, Indiewire chief critic Eric Kohn called it a "story with universal appeal rendered in intimate flourishes."
The documentary follows actress Brandy Burre, who had a recurring role on HBO’s "The Wire" when she gave up her career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she’s carefully created crumbles around her.
"'Actress' is, quite simply, among the most beguiling, provocative and formally exciting documentaries I have ever seen," said Ryan Krivoshey of Cinema Guild. "Robert is an extraordinary filmmaker who creates astonishing documentaries with storylines and hooks that Hollywood would kill for – a teenage girl's graduation from high school, an actress who's looking to get back into the game – yet manages to extract something new, something that’s never been seen before; with each film, tirelessly expanding the scope of what documentary can do."
Greene said, "It's an honor and a dream come true that one of my all-time favorite distributors, which has released some of the most exciting recent films, will be putting out 'Actress.' We are thrilled to be associated with the quality cinema and the desire to connect with audiences that they represent. I'm giddy."
The deal was negotiated by Krivoshey of Cinema Guild with the film's producers Susan Bedusa and Douglas Tirola of 4th Row Films.