2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

She's The Best Thing In It

Monday, March 16
4:00PM - 5:19PM

Stateside Theatre
719 Congress Ave


Veteran character actor and Tony Award winner, Mary Louise Wilson, age 79, teaches her first acting class to skeptical members of the YouTube generation, smashing their red carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty into their acting. Features interviews with Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper and playwright Doug Wright, discussing what it means to be a character actor, whether acting can be taught, what constitutes 'talent,' and whether the profession is harder for women.

Section: Documentary Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Runtime: 79min

Director: Ron Nyswaner

Producer: Ron Nyswaner, Neda Armian, Jeffrey Schwarz

Editor: Eric F. Martin, Tyler Hubby, Jeffrey Schwarz

Music: Jay Israelson

Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Anya Leta, Post Production Supervisor: Eric F. Martin

Principal Cast: Mary Louise Wilson, Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Valerie Harper, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Doug Wright, Mary Birdsong, Lisa Joyce


Ron Nyswaner is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and producer whose credits include Philadelphia, Soldier's Girl, The Painted Veil, Ray Donovan, the forthcoming gay-marriage themed Freeheld, and Homeland (Season Five). She's The Best Thing In It is his first documentary feature.

Public Film Contact
Neda Armian
Armian Pictures

Publicity Contact
Shannon Treusch



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