*Clara’s Ghost*. 2018. USA. Directed by Bridey Elliot. Courtesy Orion Classics

Clara’s Ghost. 2018. USA. Directed by Bridey Elliott. 92 min.

In her debut feature, writer/director/star Bridey Elliott imitates life through art, blending a voyeuristic peek into the cattiness of a showbiz family and the unsettling elements of a traditional ghost story.

Actor Ted Reynolds and Clara, his scattered, homemaker wife, welcome their twenty-something daughters—a pair of former child stars—back to their Connecticut home so Ted and the girls can do a photo shoot for an in-flight magazine. While celebrating their dog’s birthday with amiable drug dealer Poo Poo, the vodka-loving clan’s banter becomes increasingly bitter and petty, and they devolve into a drunken mess. Meanwhile, a specter only Clara can see urges her to confront her self-centered family.

Elliott enlists her dad and sister (Chris and Abby) to riff on their own identities as a multigenerational acting family, while Elliott’s mom (Paula), in her film debut, brings poignancy to a character who’s finally taking center stage after drifting on the periphery of her egotistical family’s drunken squabbles.

Feathers. 2018. USA. Directed by A. V. Rockwell. 19 min.

Elizier, a dejected new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School for Lost Boys, must overcome hazing by his peers and memories of a tragic past in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life.

  1. Wednesday, February 20,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Tuesday, February 19,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  3. Monday, February 18,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  4. Sunday, February 17,
    1:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  5. Saturday, February 16,
    1:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  6. Friday, February 15,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  7. Thursday, February 14,
    7:00 p.m.

    Discussion with the filmmakers
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies The Future of Film Is Female, Part 2.