Greta Gerwig’s second directorial effort Lady Bird takes her back to her hometown of Sacramento for a coming-of-age dramedy that’s informed by - but not based on - her experiences as a Catholic high school senior. Brooklyn’s Saoirse Ronan stars as Christine "Lady Bird” McPherson, who counts down the days until she can graduate from high school and flee Sacramento. She dreams of going to college in New York even if her parents cannot afford to send her there to study. It doesn’t help that Lady Bird shares an antagonistic relationship with her seemingly disapproving mother Marion (Rosanne’s Laurie Metcalf_. On the other hand, Lady Bird finds a strong supporter in her father Larry (playwright Tracey Letts). Lady Bird opened this year’s Austin Film Festival and is currently in theaters. Greta Gerwig previously co-directed 2008’s Night and Weekend with Joe Swanberg. She also co-wrote Frances Ha and Mistress America with director Noah Baumbach. Gerwig also has starred in the films Greenberg, No Strings Attached, Damsels in Distress, Arthur, To Rome with Love, The Humbling, Maggie’s Plan, Wiener-Dog, Jackie and 20th Century Women. She will lend her voice to Wes Anderson’s 2018 animated adventure Isle of Dogs.
Aired: Nov. 16, 2017