RIVER OF GRASS
1994, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 76 min, USA, Dir: Kelly Reichardt

Kelly Reichardt’s darkly funny debut feature brought the writer-director back to the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics agent mother. Shot on 16mm, the story follows the misadventures of disaffected house-wife Cozy (Lisa Bowman) and aimless layabout Lee (Larry Fessenden, who also acted as a producer and the film’s editor). Described by Reichardt as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime,” RIVER OF GRASS introduces viewers to a director already in command of her craft and defining her signature style.


WENDY AND LUCY
2008, Oscilloscope Laboratories, 80 min, Dir: Kelly Reichardt

Acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt’s (RIVER OF GRASS) subtle storytelling technique uses a formal minimalist style to weave together a unique emotional and political road film. Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams (BLUE VALENTINE, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) stars as Wendy Carol, who is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and to start a new life with her dog Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. WENDY AND LUCY addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times. With Wally Dalton, Larry Fessenden, Will Oldham, John Robinson and Will Patton.


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