Kate Plays Christine
2016, Robert Greene, USA, 112 min. With Kate Lyn Sheil.
- Fri, Dec 9th 8:15pm
- Sat, Dec 10th 5:30pm
- Mon, Dec 12th 7:45pm
"A tour de force in the blending and bending of genres." — Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"A documentary VERTIGO...As for the movie’s final scene, you won't witness something as confrontational all year." — Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
Documentarian Greene (ACTRESS, FAKE IT SO REAL) has turned increasingly toward explorations of the slippery boundary between fact and fiction. His subject here is Christine Chubbuck (also the subject of the recent fiction film CHRISTINE), a Florida newscaster who committed suicide on-air in 1974. Greene's method is to follow esteemed indie actress Kate Lyn Sheil (SUN DON'T SHINE, SILVER BULLETS) as she investigates Chubbuck's life and reenacts scenes from the newscaster's last days. Actress and role begin to blur in uncanny ways, with a sense of mounting dread and anticipation as she approaches the final showdown: a graphic reenactment of the suicide itself. Will she be able to go through with it? Do we want her to? Should she? Should we? Echoes of NETWORK, FUNNY GAMES, and PERSONA resonate through this haunting, moving, and thought-provoking film. DCP digital. (MR)
DECEMBER 9 & 10: Director Robert Greene will be present for audience discussion on Friday 12/9 and Saturday 12/10. The Friday discussion will be moderated by critic and filmmaker Michael G. Smith. The Saturday discussion will be moderated by acclaimed documentarian Steve James.