Early in her career, Laurie Simmons used photography as a tool to create a still and pristine reality. Simmons explains how she was able to bring her still photographs to life in her first feature film, “The Music of Regret” (2006). Drawing from the American Songbook tradition, Simmons composed lyrics and storylines for the musical, which featured a cast of puppets, dummies, and dancers. “My inner life about my own work was very theatrical and very narrative, but that’s something I was always afraid to express,” says Simmons. Viewers follow Simmons through portions of the three-act musical, which portrays complex emotions of love, loss, and regret.