Masterclass: Kelly Reichardt

Masterclass: Kelly Reichardt

5 Episodes

Over the course of six features, Kelly Reichardt has established herself as one of American cinema’s sharpest observers of place and character. Beautifully attuned to the in-between moments of everyday life, her films such as OLD JOY, WENDY AND LUCY, and MEEK’S CUTOFF portray the journeys and struggles of outsiders and dreamers with an eloquent minimalism in which stillness speaks volumes. Reichardt sat down with critic April Wolfe for this conversation, in which she discusses her working relationship with frequent collaborator Michelle Williams, the challenges and rewards of shooting on location, and how her films achieve a delicate balance of the personal and political.

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Masterclass: Kelly Reichardt
  • Masterclass: Kelly Reichardt

    Episode 1

    Over the course of six features, Kelly Reichardt has established herself as one of American cinema’s sharpest observers of place and character. Beautifully attuned to the in-between moments of everyday life, her films such as OLD JOY, WENDY AND LUCY, and MEEK’S CUTOFF portray the journeys and str...

  • River of Grass

    Episode 2

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 1994 • United States
    Starring Lisa Bowman, Larry Fessenden

    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...

  • Old Joy
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    Episode 3

    Old Joy

    Episode 3

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2006 • United States
    Starring Daniel London, Will Oldham

    Two estranged friends reunite for a quietly revelatory camping trip in Kelly Reichardt’s breakout feature. Over the course of the weekend, Mark (Daniel London), wearily settled into domestic routine, and th...

  • Wendy and Lucy

    Episode 4

    Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2008 • United States
    Starring Michelle Williams

    This emotionally wrenching and politically trenchant road film cemented Kelly Reichardt’s status as one of the most highly-regarded auteurs of contemporary cinema. Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ket...

  • Meek’s Cutoff

    Episode 5

    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 ...