"The Music of Regret" (2006) (40 minutes) by Laurie Simmons will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 (Wednesday) in the Studio at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St..
A mini-musical in three acts starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and the Alvin Ailey II dancers, this 35mm film grew out of distinct periods of Laurie Simmons' photographic work. In Act I, vintage child-craft puppets enact the pain and regret that erupt between two feuding families. In Act II, a female ventriloquist sings about the failures of attachment and communication to her five dummy suitors. In Act III, walking objects (including a gun, a house, a cake and a pocket watch) dance their encumbered hearts out for the privilege of being noticed.