Sally Kirkland and Victoria Clark Star in Sharon Greytak's ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN; Hits Theaters 9/12
Coming to Village East Cinema Sept. 12-18 is award-winning and groundbreaking filmmaker Sharon Greytak's ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN, a gripping drama of a woman's fierce determination to save her mind from spiraling into delusion as she attempts to keep a chilling secret from her past buried, starring Oscar nominated/Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland and Tony-winner Victoria Clark.
ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN received two Gold Remi Awards at Worldfest-Houston including Lifetime Achievement for Sally Kirkland and Outstanding Independent Film. It was honored with a CINE Golden Eagle Award, and was also an Official Selection of the Woodstock Film Festival. Greytak has been defying stereotypes over the course of her esteemed career as one of the only disabled filmmakers directing, writing and producing from a motorized wheelchair. The Boston Globe has cited Greytak as "having a unique vision of humanity" and The Independent has named Greytak one of "10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014."
In ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN, Margaret (Sally Kirkland), a feisty, tormented former newspaper columnist, fights to protect her freedom in spite of the dementia she cannot control. After an episode in a shopping plaza parking lot where she is unable to find her car and is driven home by the police, her daughter Kate (Victoria Clark), an aspiring New York City chef, is beckoned upstate to her mother's aide. While there, Kate develops a romantic tryst with a rookie officer (Karl Geary) as she deals with her mother's demands. Kate attempts to get Margaret involved with activities at the senior center, but Margaret is apprehensive and resentful. Soon, a man from Margaret's past, Sergeant Calder (James Murtaugh), re-enters her life, causing Margaret to fear she will no longer be able to protect herself. Before returning to New York, Kate installs a small surveillance camera to monitor her mom at home revealing a far more private life of fear, lust and longing and her connection to a 30-year-old crime. Through its disconcerting narrative structure, ARCHAEOLOGY OF A WOMAN tells a visceral tale of the unsettled lives of two very different generations of women - one whose secret is buried deep inside her memories, and the other who seeks to dig up the truth.
About The Stars:
Fiercely independent, Oscar-nominated/Golden Globe-winning actress Sally Kirkland is a veteran of over 111 films and 30 years in TV and theatre. It was the film "Anna" directed by Yurek Bogayevicz that brought Kirkland her Oscar nomination, Golden Globe win, the Independent Spirit Award and the Los Angeles Film Critics Circle Award. Kirkland's first role was in the 1964 Andy Warhol film "13 Most Beautiful Women." This led to the still controversial film "Coming Apart," where she starred with Rip Torn, followed by "The Sting" co-starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and "The Way We Were" with Barbra Streisand. She starred in "Revenge" with Kevin Costner, "Best of the Best" with Eric Roberts and James Earl Jones, "Cold Feet" with Tom Waits and Keith Carradine, "JFK" with Kevin Costner, "Cheatin Hearts" with James Brolin and Kris Kristofferson, "Ed TV" with Matthew McConnaughey and "Bruce Almighty" with Jim Carrey.
Broadway star Victoria Clark received the Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as a Drama League honor for her luminous portrayal in the critically acclaimed Craig Lucas musical "The Light in the Piazza" on Broadway. Clark has also starred on Broadway in "The Snow Geese" and Rodgers + Hammerstein's "Cinderella," the Los Angeles revival of "Follies" and starred on Broadway in "Sister Act," both receiving Tony nominations. She portrayed the role of Gabrielle York in Lincoln Center's heralded production of "When the Rain Stops Falling," for which she received a Drama Desk Award Nomination. She also starred opposite Nathan Gunn in the staged production of "The Grapes of Wrath." Clark was also among the featured performers in "Stephen Sondheim: The Birthday Concert" held at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and televised on PBS. Her selected film credits include "Cradle Will Rock" (Tim Robbins, dir.) and "The Happening" (M. Night Shyamalan, dir.).
About the Filmmaker:
Sharon Greytak has written, produced and directed feature-length fiction films, documentaries and experimental shorts. Greytak's films include the award-winning international documentary "Losing It," exploring quality of life issues and physical disability shot on three continents. For "Losing It," she was the recipient of a Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund grant. Her critically acclaimed narrative feature films include "The Love Lesson," the story of an unconventional adoption arrangement between two women and their HIV positive heterosexual son, and the award-winning "Hearing Voices," exploring a model's private and public identities. Earlier films include the seminal documentary "Weirded Out and Blown Away" and experimental films "Some Pleasure on the Level of the Source" and "Czechoslovakian Woman."
In 2012, the UCLA/Sundance Collection acquired three of Greytak's feature films for their archives. Her work has screened at The Museum of Modern Art, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Village East Cinema, REDCAT Theater, George Eastman House, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Laemmle Theatres, American Cinemateque at the Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, Film de Femmes Cretail France and numerous international film festivals.
She is the recipient of two CINE Awards, the 2012 Burton Blatt Insitute Prize for Leadership in the Arts "for her entire body of work and its importance to the international arts community," and awards from Athens International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, DoubleTake and Black Maria film festivals. She was a participant in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women, and received fellowships and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Soros Documentary Fund, the Jerome Foundation, the American Film Institute and ArtsLink CEC International Partners. She is also a Yaddo and MacDowell Fellow. Her films are in the collection of MoMA, UCLA/Sundance Collection, the New Museum of Contemporary Art New York and the Open Society Archive Budapest.
Director/Writer/Producer: Sharon Greytak
Producers: Idanna Pucci, Terence Ward
Line Producer: Petra Ahmann
Cinematographer: Gus Sacks
Editors: Ulysses Guidotti, Marian Sears Hunter
Composer: Heather Schmidt
Casting: Adrienne Stern