If you’re old enough, you may remember actress Mary Kay Place as the wannabe country music star Loretta Haggers on the oddball 1970s TV soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman – a role that won her an Emmy – and its two spinoff series, Forever Fernwood and Fernwood 2-Night. Or she may be more familiar from her roles in the movies Starting Over, The Big Chill, Citizen Ruth, The Rainmaker, Manny & Lo or Being John Malkovich, or for her character Camille Cherski in the 90s TV series My So-Called Life.
Place lends her stardust to the otherwise-unknown acting lineup of a new indie film titled You’re in Charge, the first feature by a seasoned cinematographer with strong mid-Hudson ties, Tom Krueger. O+ Festival board member Alexandra Marvar is also the film’s producer. The tale of an ex-con and his unemployed brother who imperil the family’s nest egg to launch a dubious business venture dispensing “alternative” medicines, the comedy was shot in Lafayette, Louisiana and is being lauded for its fabulous soundtrack and its authentic depiction of Cajun culture. You can watch the trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RufuotMxFjo.
Upstate Films Woodstock will be hosting the New York premiere of You’re in Charge this Saturday, March 15 beginning at 9:15 p.m., with writer/director Krueger on hand to talk about the film. Tickets cost $10 general admission, $6 for Upstate members. For more information call (845) 679-6608 or visit https://upstatefilms.org.