Lena Dunham and her mother shot a film at house

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Photographer Laurie Simmons has a message for Hollywood about portraying artists: You’re doing all of it unsuitable.

“My pals and I all the time complain about how the art-making course of is so messed round with in motion pictures,” says Simmons, a fixture on the New York artwork scene for the reason that mid-1970s. “It’s not wanting to chop off your ear, or ready for the muse to come back wafting in. It’s getting up daily and doing all of your job. Assembling your provides, getting your collaborators collectively.”

and her , Laurie Simmons.FilmMagic

Simmons, 68, dismantles the crazy-artist cliché in her new film, “My Artwork,” which she wrote, directed and stars in as a fictionalized model of herself: A single girl, Ellie, spending a summer time house-sitting upstate whereas engaged on a brand new undertaking. And Simmons snagged a cameo from a well known actress: her daughter, Lena Dunham, who seems as a blithe former pupil of Ellie’s who has gone on to fame and fortune.

“I liked the thought of Lena taking part in that character,” says Simmons. “I performed her mom in [Dunham’s 2010 debut film] ‘Tiny Furnishings,’ and in that remaining scene she asks me if I feel she’s going to achieve success. And I say, ‘You’re going to be far more profitable than I’m.’ So since then, clearly, all of this stuff have occurred to Lena. I liked the thought of her showing as this actually profitable, considerably insensitive former pupil. And he or she was all in.”

Simmons stored the within the household (her husband is painter Carroll Dunham they usually have a second daughter, 25-year-old Grace) in one other approach: She most of it on the household’s Connecticut residence.

“It was actually insane, having the taken over by a film crew. My daughters got here up a couple of times throughout taking pictures. It was an entire infestation, however it saved an infinite sum of money.”

Simmons in a scene that suggestions its hat to “Morocco,” starring Marlene Dietrich.Courtesy of Movie Motion

Within the movie, Simmons re-creates scenes from traditional movies, together with “Badlands,” “Some Like It Sizzling,” “Morocco” and “A Clockwork Orange.” Simmons discovered embodying Malcolm McDowell’s character a very heavy raise. “I used to be so nervous I may barely get that tumbler of milk as much as my lips!” she says.

The place Dunham’s present “Women” centered on millennial ladies, Simmons takes on stereotypes round older ladies — significantly single ones. “Everybody I do know — artists, writers, curators — could be very concerned of their work. They’re not fascinated about what the top of their life goes to be, or that they’re single. These questions are usually not within the foreground.” What’s extra, she says, when she visits pals, their tolerance for hanging out is finite. “They need their work time again. And their privateness. They’re not depressing.”

Which is why, she says, Ellie’s objective will not be discovering love — regardless of romantic overtures from two males — however a brand new exhibit. “The entire level of the film was that she’s going to maneuver her work ahead,” says Simmons, who shot the ultimate scene at her personal Manhattan gallery. “Ellie’s glad ending was getting a present. I knew that from the second I began writing.”

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