As a TV actress suffering an existential meltdown in A WOMAN, A PART, opening at The Ross on Friday, December 15, Maggie Siff anchors an indie drama that makes every small moment count. Director Elisabeth Subrin of A WOMAN, A PART will be appearing at the opening night 7:30 p.m. screening of her movie on Friday, December 15 for a Q&A with the audience. “A WOMAN, A PART” knows how to hold an audience, and it's got a fresh, if commercially limited, subject: What happens when hipsters get old. –Owen Gleiberman, Variety Touching on issues of artistic survival and the porous boundary between work and pleasure, Ms. Subrin, an accomplished visual artist and filmmaker, sifts addiction, celebrity and the plight of the aging actress into something rarefied yet real. –Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times A WOMAN, A PART mixes passion and ambivalence to create a work with ambiguities that seem earned, and lived in. –Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com A WOMAN, A PART is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, December 15 through Thursday, December 21. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Anna Baskin (Maggie Siff, “Mad Men,” “Billions”) is at a crossroads. She's a successful television actress on a hit network show in Los Angeles and has played the same brittle “career woman” part for years. After a particularly egregious confrontation on set, Anna reveals to her manager Leslie (Khandi Alexander, Treme, Scandal) that she wants to quit acting -- even though leaving her show would result in a huge lawsuit and ruin her career. She impulsively flies to New York in an attempt to return to the past life she left behind, reconnecting with lapsed friends from her '90s experimental theater troupe: Kate (Cara Seymour, The Knick, American Psycho), a now-sober, queer ex-actress, and Isaac (John Ortiz, Silver Linings Playbook, Fast and Furious), a married, struggling playwright. Isaac welcomes Anna with open arms—an acceptance possibly fueled by his hope that Anna’s celebrity can help his career — while Kate can’t forgive Anna for abandoning them for Hollywood. But when Anna learns that they’ve used her past life as inspiration for their own new play, she experiences a complex betrayal — a betrayal, that, paradoxically, leads her back to the intoxicating security of losing herself in a part. As her return tears open new wounds, all three are forced to reckon with their pasts and uncertain futures. A WOMAN, A PART marks the feature-length debut of celebrated filmmaker and artist Elisabeth Subrin (Shulie, The Caretakers). It’s an astute critique of how women are portrayed in media, the ways in which personal relationships intertwine with and shape the creative process, and the difficulty of change — all set against a gentrifying New York City. ELISABETH SUBRIN BIO Elisabeth Subrin’s critically acclaimed films and video art have screened widely internationally, including at The New York Film Festival, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Vienna Viennale, The Whitney Biennial, The Sundance Channel and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She's the recipient of awards from the Los Angeles Film Critic’s Association, The New England Film Festival, and the USA Film Festival, among others. Her film “Shulie” was selected for the once-a-decade British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound critic’s poll of “Greatest Films Ever.” Her 2010 retrospective at Sue Scott Gallery was included in “Best Of ” lists from The New York Times and Time Out New York, and her two-channel film “Lost Tribes and Promised Lands” subsequently traveled to museums in Paris, Stockholm, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, MoMA/PS1’s “Greater New York,” and was featured in VOLTA/NY. Subrin participated in The Sundance Institute Feature Film Directing and Screenwriting Labs with her first feature screenplay, “Up.” A 2002 Guggenheim Fellow, she's also received grants and fellowships from The Rockefeller, Annenberg, Creative Capital and Andrea Frank Foundations. She’s received commissions for new projects from The Danish Arts Council/DaNY Arts, Participant, Inc., The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Sue Scott Gallery, New York, and The MacDowell Colony. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, Film Comment, Frieze, BOMB, LA Weekly and Filmmaker Magazine. Subrin teaches in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University and lives in Brooklyn. A WOMAN, A PART is her first narrative feature.