More than a retrospective of a life well lived, Olympia Dukakis: Undefined is an intimate look at what makes life worth living and what it costs to hold on to those things. Set against the backdrop of a jam-packed work schedule, we follow Olympia from her teaching workshops to her performances, to more private moments with family and friends. Entering the eighth decade of her life, now more than ever, she is beginning to face issues of aging and mortality, of sustaining a life and livelihood that has become her identity. This is a tale of what keeps us young and what keeps us going – of what it means and what it takes to never stop.
From rehearsals in Cyprus for her first play in Greek, to her 49th wedding anniversary with husband and actor, Louis Zorich, we capture a woman in constant motion, devoted to her craft and her family. Olympia Dukakis: Undefined offers a glimpse into her life through intimate interviews, where she reveals her passions as well as her fears, with all her trademark wit and candor. We sat down with friends and colleagues like Whoopi Goldberg, Lynn Cohen, Diane Ladd, Mimi Denisi and Ed Asner, who tell their favorite stories and share what makes Olympia so special. This unprecedented access has allowed us to showcase a deep and movingly honest portrait of Olympia Dukakis.
“I was lucky enough to meet Olympia when I invited her to teach a workshop in Cyprus a few years ago. After spending a week with her I had fallen completely in love. I realized how unique and special she is and so I decided to make a documentary about the real Olympia. My goal has always been to try and showcase the person that I got to know. Not just an Oscar-winning actress, but the passionate and inspiring woman she is.
She has given us complete access to her life. We got to know the Actress, the Mother, the Wife, the Friend, the Activist, the Politician, and the WOMAN and through all these we realized that Olympia Dukakis is really undefined. Even her best selling book was called "Ask Me Again Tomorrow" because she constantly changes and transforms herself. BUT, the essence, her essence remains the same, which is what we have managed to capture with this documentary.”
-Director Harry Mavromichalis-