In Person: Director Kelly Reichardt
“Reichardt has crafted another deeply felt and beautifully ambiguous meditation on contemporary life in the far corners of the American heartland.” —ScreenDaily
Kelly Reichardt’s (Meek’s Cutoff, Night Moves, Wendy and Lucy) new feature is a brilliant portrait of the lives of three women working in Montana, based on the short stories of Maile Meloy. The film gracefully moves between the lives of a lawyer (Laura Dern), mother and wife (Michelle Williams), and a law student (Kristen Stewart). Through this restrained depiction of the wide-open landscape and the people who populate it, Reichardt thoughtfully explores how each character strives to find her own path. 2016, DCP, 107 minutes.
A discussion with the director follows.
About the Director
Kelly Reichardt is an acclaimed screenwriter and director of American independent cinema. Her six feature films—River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013), and Certain Women (2016)—all explore the American landscape and narratives of the road. Applauded for her quiet restraint, distinctive vision, and powerful use of minimalism, Reichardt has screened her films at Whitney Biennial (2012), Film Forum, Cannes Film Festival in “un certain regard,” Venice International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Viennale Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, and New York University, and is currently an artist-in-residence at Bard College.
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