Journeys West

Journeys West

3 Episodes

Two masters of American independent cinema offer their idiosyncratic takes on the Old West legends that have long had a place in our collective imagination. In David Lowery’s spellbinding short PIONEER, Will Oldham plays a father spinning a sprawling bedtime story—encompassing frontier adventure, family lore, and a profound life lesson—for his young son. Kelly Reichardt offers a singular vision of America’s past in her hypnotic revisionist western MEEK’S CUTOFF, starring a magnetic Michelle Williams. A riveting, slow-burn survival saga, Reichardt’s film recreates the elemental reality of the pioneer experience with dusty, sun-baked authenticity.

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Journeys West
  • David Lowery Introduction

    Episode 1

  • Pioneer
    15:57
    Episode 2

    Pioneer

    Episode 2

    Directed by David Lowery • 2011 • United States
    Starring Will Oldham, Myles Brooks

    A father tells his son the most epic bedtime story ever.

  • Meek’s Cutoff

    Episode 3

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2010 • United States
    Starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan

    Kelly Reichardt’s stark and poetic drama is set in 1845, the earliest days of the treacherous Oregon Trail. A wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek ...