The Music of Regret by Laurie Simmons



2006 / 40min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: Laurie Simmons

Conversation with Laurie Simmons and Shirin Neshat, moderated by Thessaly La Force, Features Director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine

An extension of Simmon’s oeuvre of idiosyncratic and imaginative photographs and miniatures, THE MUSIC OF REGRET stars the legendary Meryl Streep alongside a cast of vintage puppets. The story revolves mostly around the turmoil caused by two feuding families, but also features a ballad on the subject of dependency and communication, as well as anthropomorphic pocket watches. A rare treat filmed on 35mm that must be seen to be believed.


Laurie Simmons is a contemporary American photographer and filmmaker. Known for her distinct visual style and staged domestic scenes using dolls and miniature objects, Simmons questions the veracity of photographic realism and the stereotypes of American culture. Many of her most iconic works come from her Walking Objects series: in Walking Camera I (Jimmy the Camera) (1987), an old-fashioned bellows camera stands upright on humans legs, offering a commentary on how women are represented in popular media through a memorably surreal image. Born on October 3, 1949 in New York, Simmons went on to receive her BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, PA in 1971. She emerged in the 1980s as a prominent member of the Pictures Generation, alongside Cindy Sherman and Louise Lawler. Today, her work is found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. Simmons lives and works between New York, NY and Cornwall, CT.



Sunday, October, 27th, 2019



Please arrive at least 10 minutes early as screenings & panels will start on time.



Quad Cinema

34 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011