The new Rack Focus Women Underground series at the American Cinematheque will present the first public screening of writer, director, and actress Rena Riffel’s new director’s cut of her film ‘Astrid’s Self Portrait’ on Friday, April 22, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California at 8:00pm. While this is not a horror film, ‘Astrid’s Self Portrait’ wil satisfy the hunger of those looking for the surreal and bizarre. Come on inside for details and the official trailer.
Astrid Von Star (Rena Riffel) attempts to make the greatest avant-garde film in history. Abruptly dismissed from her position as a top Hollywood film critic, Astrid calls on her sole surviving ex-husband (Gregory Heath) to be her personal cinematographer on the new film endeavor. As her passion overtakes her sanity, she reminisces about her seven tragically failed marriages and the unsolved mystery that made her a widow six times over. Delusions of grandeur are followed by a deadly nervous breakdown, but her abandoned footage earns critical acclaim after being discovered by a highly regarded professor (Philippe Mora), who re-edits Astrid’s film and develops an unhealthy obsession for her.
Riffel, known to the horror and genre community primarily for performances in films such as Mulholland Drive, Showgirls, and Candyman 3, has also made a strong presence as a director with unique voice and vision. Her previous directorial efforts include the exploitation masterpiece Trasharella and the much publicized Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven. With Astrid’s Self Portrait, Riffel unleashes a work of surrealistic contemplation and abstract horror, promising her most artistic and personal work to date.
The screening, held at the Speilberg Theatre within Hollywood’s iconic Egyptian Theatre, will feature an introduction from Riffel herself, who will be live and in person for the evening’s festivities.
Previously, a snippet from Astrid was screened at a Women Underground shorts event in Fall 2015, also hosted by The American Cinematheque and Etheria Film Night, and the organizations couldn’t be happier to return to help Riffel return and finally unveil the whole feature.