Trailer: Showing Up

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

Mar 15, 2023

We're so excited to welcome filmmaker and former Wex Artist Residency Award recipient Kelly Reichardt back this coming Monday to present the Ohio premiere of her latest feature, Showing Up, along with the US premiere of two new shorts by the artist. 

As an added bonus, Marlene McCarty, the visual artist, activist, and title designer who's worked on previous Reichardt films Meek's Cutoff and Night Movies—as well as the gorgeous poster for Meek's Cutoff and title designs for films such as Todd Haynes's Velvet Goldmine and John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch—will moderate a Q&A with Reichardt following our screening.

Here's a first look at Showing Up, which stars Oscar nominee Michelle Williams as a sculptor balancing the stress of an upcoming show with the everyday drama generated by her life and friends. Fellow Oscar nominees Hong Chau and Judd Hirsch costar, along with André Benjamin and James Le Gros. The closed captioning for the trailer includes descriptive text and a full transcript is below.



[A24 logo] 

[Lizzie sculpts a clay figure. Jo enters and looks at it] 

Jo: Hi. She's amazing.  

[Close-up of clay figure] 

Jo: Love the green stockings. 

[Pan of studio space where people are weaving fabric on looms, then to Lizzie eating outside. Another woman sitting nearby addresses her.] 

Woman: You're Lizzie, right? I can't figure out what class this is...  

[Shot of four women dancing amid tall grass] 

Woman: ...but I really wanna join it.

[Close-up of clay bust next to the text: A film by Kelly Reichardt] 

[Jo rolls a tire down the street to make a swing] 

[Cut to Lizzie standing in her backyard] 

Lizzie: I don't know what I'm supposed to do without hot water. 

[Jo plays on the tire swing] 

Jo: My show is open on Friday; I'll be free to deal with it after that. 

Lizzie: I have a show, too, you know. You're not the only one with a deadline. 

Jo: I know, but I have two shows, which is insane. Hey, give me a push. 

[Shot of Lizzie at a gallery show, behind a review quote: “An absolute joy of a comedy about making art and living life”] 

Lizzie: You should make more like this. 

[Lizzie sits in Bill's art studio, looking at a clay vase] 

Bill: I'm enjoying my retirement. I get up, I do a little of this and a little of that, and before you know it, it's time to watch TV again. 

Lizzie: That sounds terrible. 

[Shot of a different artist at work behind a review quote: "A sublime character study, overflowing with humor and heart"] 

[Lizzie walks outside and sees Sean digging a large hole in the ground] 

Lizzie: What's going on?

Sean: I'm making a piece. It's a very major piece. Very major. 

[Previously unseen woman sits and addresses Lizzie] 

Woman: He's a genius. He was always incredibly creative. 

Lizzie: A lot of people are creative. 

[Jo watches while men work on a colorful mixed media sculpture] 

Eric: I saw some of Jo's work at a studio yesterday. Wow, it just gives me such a lift. Pretty amazing. 

[Lizzie listens, looking tired] 

[Shot of someone walking through a video installation space behind a review quote with four stars above: "A witty tale of creative rivalry... Reichardt is one of our best directors"] 

[Lizzie confronts Jo on the street] 

Lizzie: When's my hot water coming back on? 

Jo (sounding annoyed): I'm on it. 

[Lizzie and others talk, snack, and view art at a gallery] 

Lizzie: Easy on the cheese. It's for everyone. I don't wanna run out.  

Sean: Cheese is out on the table. You shouldn't put cheese out on the table if you don't want people to eat it. 

[Two people skateboard on the street behind a review quote: “Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams make an intimate and beautiful cinematic experience.”] 

[Shots of Lizzie looking at art and walking into her home]

[Cut to Lizzie talking on the phone.] 

Lizzie: You know, I'm sick of not having hot water, Jo. It's such a total drag and such a shitty thing to do to a person. I'm sick of it. Have a great night. 

[Title card: Showing Up] 

[Bill stands with Sean at the gallery opening] 

Sean: You're not supposed to have any cheese. 

[Title card with cast list: Michelle Williams, Hong Chau, Maryann Plunket, John Magaro, André Benjamin, James Le Gros, and Judd Hirsch] 

[Title card: Coming soon]


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