High Art (1998)
20th Anniversary Screening in 35mm
Dir. Lisa Cholodenko, USA, 1998, 102 mins
Twenty years ago, this intelligent and unassuming indie drama took home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance ‘98 and quickly became anchored in the LGBTQ consciousness as a lesbian classic. The debut feature from Lisa Cholodenko (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT) was praised by Roger Ebert upon its release as “masterful, perceptive and mature” and made countless critics Top 10 Lists.
When magazine editor Syd (Radha Mitchell) moves into the same building as German actress Greta (Patricia Clarkson) and photographer Lucy (Ally Sheedy) her arrival prompts Lucy to consider leaving her reclusive drug-fueled days behind. Caught at the center of this triangle, Lucy is torn between keeping her work intimate versus venturing back into the photography business.
This 20th Anniversary presentation–screening in a gorgeous 35mm print–of NewFest 1998’s Opening Night Film is a must see opportunity to experience HIGH ART’s entrancing qualities and celebrate the enduring impact of a cultural touchstone of queer cinema.
Q&A with filmmakers and select cast to follow
Writer: Lisa Cholodenko
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Ally Sheedy, Patricia Clarkson
Presented in Partnership with Women Make Movies