Presented By:Robert Greene and Sean Price Williams
Christine Chubbuck was an ambitious reporter on a struggling Sarasota television station. One day in 1974 she made sure her live morning broadcast would also be taped. During the broadcast she read a statement about the state of broadcast journalism, pulled out a gun, and shot herself in the head. It is believed to be the first televised suicide, and the whereabouts of the tape is a mystery.
Filmmaker Robert Greene (Actress, MDFF 2014) is fascinated by the art of acting, and as he boldly explores it, he rejects any boundaries between fiction and nonfiction. As we watch actress Kate Lyn Sheil (Sun Don’t Shine, House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience) prepare to portray Christine we get drawn into a fascinating and harrowing process.
Going far beyond the normal acting process, this film puts us alongside a consummate artist bravely approaching what Camus claimed was life’s “one really serious philosophical problem.” We know how Christine’s story ends, but we don’t know how this film ends. Most fascinating and disturbing for viewers is that Greene, Sheil, and their team make us confront realities in our current culture and a question for ourselves: what ending should be made, and what ending do we want to see? (Jed Dietz)
Robert Greene (expected for our first screening) is the director of such features as Kati With an I, Fake It So Real (MDFF 2011), and Actress (MDFF 2014), and the editor of such MDFF titles as The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga, Approaching the Elephant, and Christmas, Again. Sean Price Williams (expected for both screenings) is the cinematographer of over 60 films, including Frownland (MDFF 2007), Heaven Knows What (2014), and Queen of Earth (2015).