Saturday, September 12, 2009

Kelly Reichardt - 09/14/09

Kelly Reichardt has been called "one of the few masters now working in Independent American film" by Larry Gross at Film Comment. I believe this intense praise is deserved; Reichardt's four feature length films, River of Grass (1993), Ode (1999), Old Joy (2006) and Wendy and Lucy (2008), have been critically well received, and establish Reichardt as a powerful force in the minimalist film movement. Reichardt's work is often adapted from short stories; most notably, the work of Jon Raymond has proved to be a major inspiration. Reichardt teaches at Bard College in New York and is currently at work on her next film.

scene from Reichardt's most recent film, Wendy and Lucy

koozie fight scene - Old Joy

another scene from Old Joy - the start of the journey

an early work. Reichardt co-directed this video for the band Christmas.

Gus Van Sant interviewed Reichardt for BOMB Magazine. They discuss independent filmmaking and Oregon hotsprings, among other things...

Here is another interview published in BOMB Magazine, conducted by Todd Haynes, after the release of Reichardt's first film.

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