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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.