First Run/Icarus Acquires Doc/Fiction Hybrid "Empathy"
by Rania Richardson
First Run/Icarus Films has acquired Amie Siegel's new film "Empathy," a hybrid of documentary and fiction that explores the relationships between psychoanalysts and their patients. No release date is set yet.
"Empathy" raises playful and provocative questions about trust, power, and understanding as it interweaves the story of a fictional analyst, an actress' screen tests, and a clever history of the classic therapist's Eames lounge chair, with true-life interviews with seasoned psychotherapists.
The film had its U.S. theatrical debut with a self-released run at New York's Film Forum last month, where it grossed $33,000 in its two-week run.
Amie Siegel's previous work includes video art installations and books of poetry, "Empathy" is her debut feature film.
Previous theatrical releases for First Run/Icarus Films include Travis Wilkerson's "An Injury to One," Ilan Ziv's "Human Weapon," and Yannick Bellon and Chris Marker's "Remembrance of Things to Come." The company's primary business is releasing documentary films to the educational market. It had its 25th-year retrospective at Anthology Film Archives in July 2003.