In the directorial debut from Chris Messina, Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives a heartwarming performance as an environmental attorney who finds her workaholic regimen thrown into flux when her husband, George (Messina), asks for a break. For Alex, George has always been the one to take the reins at home. When his unexpected departure dawns as something more permanent, Alex finds herself caught balancing her family's demands, her aging father, played memorably by Don Johnson, and her ambitious career, which she now struggles to maintain. Soon, Alex is forced to reevaluate her life and discover what she was always too preoccupied to notice. Messina’s assured direction, as accomplished as his own performance, creates an honest portrait of a woman facing unexpected vulnerability in order to find her own strength.
Length: 86 minutes
Director: Chris Messina
Screenwriter: Jessica Goldberg and Katie Nehra & Justin Shilton
Producer: Jamie Patricof, Lynette Howell
Editor: Amy P. McGrath
Cinematographer: Doug Emmett
Composer: David Wingo
Co-Producer: Crystal Powell
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Don Johnson, Derek Luke, Katie Nehra, Chris Messina, Skylar Gaertner
Born and raised in New York, Chris Messina began his career on the stage and went on to establish a prolific career as an American film and television actor. He has appeared in such films as Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Argo, Greenberg, and Away We Go. He recently wrapped shooting David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, opposite Al Pacino. He is perhaps best known for his TV roles as Reese Lansing in Newsroom, Chris Sanchez in Damages, and Danny Castellano in The Mindy Project. Alex of Venice is his directorial debut.