Artist Projects

A Woman, A Part

Elisabeth Subrin

A Woman, A Part marks the feature-length narrative debut of filmmaker and artist Elisabeth Subrin. The film is a critique of how women are portrayed in media, the ways in which personal relationships intertwine with and shape the creative process, and the difficulty of change—all set against a gentrifying New York City. The main character, Anna, is a woman at a crossroads: as a successful television actress on a hit network show in Los Angeles, she has played the same brittle "career woman" part for years. After a particularly egregious confrontation on set, Anna reveals to her manager Leslie that she wants to quit acting—even though leaving her show would result in a huge lawsuit and ruin her career. She impulsively flies to New York in an attempt to return to the past life she left behind and reinvent herself. She reconnects with lapsed friends from her '90s experimental theater troupe that she abandoned for Hollywood who are now struggling to survive in the rapidly gentrifying city. As Anna's arrival tears open old wounds, all three are forced to reckon with their pasts and uncertain futures. 

Project Updates

  • 2017: “A Woman, A Part” by Elisabeth Subrin premieres IFC Center in March, 2017. It was available on Netflix streaming.

  • 2003: Subrin is named a Sundance Institute Lab Fellow to participate in their Writer’s and Director’s Labs with Up

  • 2005: Subrin receives an Annenberg Foundation grant from the Sundance Institute for preproduction on Up