Director/Executive Producer David B. Rich’s “Actor?” boasts itself as the first ever “ani-mentary,” a feature film documentary almost entirely animated. Featuring interviews with Ed Asner, Doris Roberts, Robert Loggia, Alan Thicke, Dee Wallace, and many others, the film provides an in-depth discussion on the acting profession, using actors at various points in their careers to explore the many different paths possible for actors.
Along the way, the film uses two animated figures, Lou and Ping, to explore how to become an actor and what to expect from a career in acting, while they attempt to find out what it means to be an actor. Rich created this unique, animated element in an effort to provide a new angle to the traditional documentary format, by rendering many of his subjects as characterized animated figures while also using shot footage of the interviewees.
The film will screen as part of the Cannes Film Market at this year’s festival beginning May 16th, with additional screenings following throughout the week. Check out the first thirty-second teaser trailer for the film below: