Film and Media Arts Professor Elisabeth Subrin’s first feature, A Woman, A Part, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on January 31, 2016. The festival is one of Europe’s most prestigious film festivals, with only eight featured films selected internationally and A Woman, A Part being the only American featured film selected.
The film stars Maggie Siff (co-star of Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy and the new hit Showtime series Billions) who plays an exhausted, workaholic actress, Anna Baskin. After Anna abruptly extricates herself from a successful but mind-numbing TV role, she returns to her past life in New York to reinvent herself. But despite the desire for transformation, she cannot find herself outside of her career. When an upsetting personal betrayal unexpectedly leads to the role of her life, she must confront the reality of her past relationships in order to clear a path forward.
Over the course of the production, numerous FMA students, like recent graduate Shahin Izadi, were involved on set in both New York City and Los Angeles. Following its completion in early January 2016, A Woman, A Part had tremendous success in Rotterdam with selling out all five of its’ screenings as well as being featured on the cover of the festival magazine.
Professor Elisabeth Subrin is a filmmaker and visual artist whose work has been presented in solo exhibitions and screenings at The New York Film Festival, The Vienna International Film Festival, The Whitney Biennial The Sundance Channel, The Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum, NY, VOLTA/NY, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and in a retrospective at Sue Scott Gallery, in New York. Her film Shulie also won numerous awards, including The Los Angeles Film Critics Award for “Best Independent Film,” and was selected for the BFI Sight&SoundCritics Poll for “Greatest Films of All Times.” Elisabeth Subrin is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts teaching such courses as screenwriting, feminist film studies, and alternative film/video art practices.