March 7, 2016, 7 - 9 PM 177 Canal Street, New York
MX is pleased to present the premiere screening of Aspiring Actress, a film by Ruby McCollister. The experimental six-act film mirrors a stage play conceived as part of her thesis while studying at Bennington College. The film was born out of her desperation and confusion over being an actress and investigates her relationship with acting.
She questions her own motivations throughout as she asks, "Who is directing me? Is it fame, a god, or myself?" The answers come from the morphing personality of the character "Aspiring Actress". McCollister speaks through her in order to investigate the meaning of performance, acting versus being an "actress", and whether this identity is inherited or adopted.