"The Music of Regret" (Act I) (2006)

"The Music of Regret" (Act I), 2006
35 mm film, 40 minutes. Directed by Laurie Simmons; Music, Michael Rohatyn; Camera, Ed Lachman ASC; with Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel, and the Alvin Ailey II Dancers.
© Laurie Simmons, courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.

"In making the film, ‘The Music of Regret’, I did something that I’ve always wanted to do which is, literally, to bring my work to life. I got a chance to really revisit my work- the characters and the ideas that I dealt with for so many years that were just fleeting, still images or just a glimpse of a narrative- and figure out what would happen if suddenly I was looking at a photograph and the characters started to talk to me, or sing or dance. It’s a fantasy that I’ve had for a really long time, but I never really thought I would or could make a movie."

- Laurie Simmons