Director Laurie Simmons stars as Ellie Shine, a single artist living in New York City, in the movie My Art.
With a stable teaching job, successful friends and a loyal, aging dog named Bing, she remains frustrated with her lack of recognition as an artist, a feeling that is growing alarmingly urgent. When she’s offered the summer house and studio of a famous friend in Upstate New York, she seizes the opportunity to hit the reset button on her life and work. While there, she unwittingly finds inspiration in two out-of-work actors who maintain the gardens at her summer retreat: Frank (Robert Clohessy), a recent widower trying to reassemble his life by turning his back on a mediocre acting career, and Tom (Josh Safdie), a young, hungry actor whose wife (Parker Posey) has a less ambitious vision for their idyllic country life.
Joining them is John (John Rothman), a thrice-divorced disillusioned lawyer looking for a summer distraction. This unlikely trio helps Ellie reinvent her artistic identity by participating in her DIY art videos – improbable recreations of old Hollywood films. Together, they take an odd and unexpected journey, as Ellie uses everything – and everyone – around her to uncover her late-blooming artistic momentum.