April 27, 2009 / 6:52 PM / 9 years ago

Geena Davis makes independent film debut at Tribeca

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar winning actress Geena Davis made her independent film debut at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and said the indie industry is more likely to provide more interesting roles for “older women” like herself.

Actress Geena Davis smiles at The Billies charity gala in Beverly Hills in this file photo from April 11, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Davis, 53, who has been acting in Hollywood for more than 25 years, plays a snarky mother — struggling with the disintegration of her family and marriage after a car accident — in the dark comedy “Accidents Happen.”

“I’m not exempt from the phenomenon that happens to all actresses that age, where there’s just fewer things out there,” Davis told Reuters in an interview. “It becomes more and more difficult to find great parts.”

Davis, who won an Academy Award for 1988’s “The Accidental Tourist,” has always acted in major studio productions.

“I need to ask the independent film community what the hell has been going on,” she said, laughing. “I don’t know if I was busy doing other things or somehow it just never happened before. Maybe I saw things and the part didn’t seem right.”

“Accidents Happen,” directed by Andrew Lancaster, is set in 1980s Connecticut but was filmed in Australia last year and producers are looking for distribution. It premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in the world narrative competition.

“It’s so weird because I have never had the experience of people asking ‘so when’s your movie coming out?’ and I don’t know, I really have no clue. But it’s fun, it’s an extra suspenseful element to it,” Davis said.

Davis, whose previous roles include playing U.S. president in the TV series “Commander in Chief” and a housewife on the run from authorities with her friend in 1991’s “Thelma and Louise,” said she is unsure of what her next role will be.

“It’s pretty typical of my career,” she said. “I have never known what movie I am going to do next when I finish one.”

Editing by Mark Egan

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