Performance

Empathy

                    Gigi Buffington in the lead role of Lia in Empathy

                    Gigi Buffington in the lead role of Lia in Empathy

Festival Premiere Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection Jerusalem International Film Festival
Official Selection Chicago International Film Festival
Lia (Lead)
Amie Siegel, Director

Combining fiction & documentary, Empathy explores the boundaries of intimacy between psychoanalysts and patients. Interviews with psychoanalysts are juxtaposed with the story of a fictional analysand and screen tests of actresses trying out for her role in Empathy. The film reverses the analytic gaze back onto the analyst, raising powerful questions about authority, role-playing, and understanding. Genres blur and collide;  characters from the 'documentary' appear in the fictional space of the narrative, PBS television documentary is parodied in a 'film-within-a-film' essay on modernist architecture & psychoanalysis, exploding the conventions of interview, therapy and documentary filmmaking.

"As Lia, a voice-over performer in therapy, Gigi Buffington is a delight to watch in the hybrid documentary/drama "Empathy...Buffington's natural acting talents are a delight to watch in any context."
- Janice Page, Boston Globe

"The film flows with a certain grace and smoothness, due largely to the sense of psychic misery projected by a sweet actress, Gigi Buffington."
New York Observer

"Buffington is very good in both roles..."
- Jack Matthews, New York Daily News

Galileo's Grave

Official Jury Selection:  11th Annual LA Short Film Festival
Meg (Lead)
Clayton Brown, Writer/Director
137 Films & IFP Chicago

Voice Over