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Kelly Reichardt

#1 Post by senseabove » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:28 am

Kelly Reichardt (1964 -)

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"One question that seems to come up over and over again in all my movies is: What is our relationship to each other? ... Questions about community. Do you want to live in an each man for himself world or a world where you can bump into a stranger and give the benefit of the doubt to someone you don’t know? Are we in this all together or are we just supposed to make our way, keep blinders on, and not care about the person standing next to us? I think those questions about community keep coming up over and over again in these films because they’re seeded in the stories that the scripts are coming from. And, I think those are interesting questions."

Filmography

Features
River of Grass (1993) R1/A Soda/Oscilloscope
Old Joy (2006) R1/A Soda
Wendy and Lucy (2008) R1/A Soda/Oscilloscope
Meek’s Cutoff (2011) R1/A Soda/Oscilloscope
Night Moves (2013) R1/A Cinedigm
Certain Women (2016) R1/A Criterion
First Cow (2019)

Shorts
Ode (1999)
Then, a Year (2002)
Travis (2004)

Music Videos
Dumptruck - "Back Where I Belong" (1986)
Dumptruck - "Secrets" (1986)
Big Dipper - "Faith Healer" (1987)
Christmas - "Superheroes" (1992)
Helmet - "Bad Mood" (1992) [co-directed with Jesse Hartman]

Print Resources
Kelly Reichardt: Emergency and the everyday, Katherine Fusco & Nicole Seymour (U. Illinois Press, 2017)
ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt, E. Dawn Hall (U. Edinburgh Press, 2018)

Web Resources
Great Directors Profile at Senses of Cinema
Kelly Reichardt [interviewed] by Todd Haynes, Bomb, Oct. 1, 1995
Kelly Reichardt in Conversation (video, 18 min., BFI, March 15, 2017)
Interview: Kelly Reichardt on Certain Women and the Politics of Anger
2020 interview with Tim Grierson, MEL Magazine
2020 audio interview with Olivier Assayas, Talkhouse

Forum Discussion
Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt 2005)
Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008)
Meek's Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2011)
893 Certain Women

[MOD NOTE: thanks to JamesF for his contributions!]

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#2 Post by senseabove » Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:38 am

I've started working my way through a completion/rewatch of Reichardt's films with a friend, and had some questions that didn't seem to have other suitable places, so figured I'd start this thread.

First, does anyone know if the shorts are available anywhere in decent quality? Travis is on YouTube, and Ode is there in five parts, but the last part has been deleted.

Second, has there been any news about her next project? I know after Certain Women came out she announced she was working on an adaptation of Patrick DeWitt's novel Undermajordomo Minor, but I couldn't find anything about it that didn't date from (or seem to source it's info from) around the release of Certain Women...

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#3 Post by JamesF » Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:52 am

senseabove wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:28 am
Night Moves (2013, 112 min.) (BD: Cinedigm)
Pardon the gratuitous plug but Soda's Blu-Ray of Night Moves may also be of interest to Reichardt fans as we were able to secure a few short extras not on the (vanilla) Cinedigm disc, including an interview with Reichardt. Review with details of the disc here.

Here's some early music videos directed by Reichardt pre-River Of Grass:
"Back Where I Belong" by Dumptruck (1986)
"Secrets" by Dumptruck (1986)
"Faith Healer" by Big Dipper" (1987)
"Superheroes" by Christmas (1992)
"Bad Mood" by Helmet (1992) (co-directed with Jesse Hartman)

She also directed a video for "The Backyard" by Miracle Legion in 1986 but I can't find that online. Two other early Super-8 shorts not listed in the opening post are Roadmovies: A Trilogy (1984-86) and Home Movies (1998); she was still listing them (and the music videos) in her bio as late as 2006 but has quietly let them disappear since.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#4 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:37 am

Very nice work, but in the future please leave filmmaker thread creation to a moderator or DarkImbecile. That way we don't have superfluous or at times redundant threads created. Thank you!

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#5 Post by senseabove » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:15 pm

JamesF wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:52 am
senseabove wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:28 am
Night Moves (2013, 112 min.) (BD: Cinedigm)
Pardon the gratuitous plug but Soda's Blu-Ray of Night Moves may also be of interest to Reichardt fans as we were able to secure a few short extras not on the (vanilla) Cinedigm disc, including an interview with Reichardt. Review with details of the disc here.

Here's some early music videos directed by Reichardt pre-River Of Grass:
"Back Where I Belong" by Dumptruck (1986)
"Secrets" by Dumptruck (1986)
"Faith Healer" by Big Dipper" (1987)
"Superheroes" by Christmas (1992)
"Bad Mood" by Helmet (1992) (co-directed with Jesse Hartman)

She also directed a video for "The Backyard" by Miracle Legion in 1986 but I can't find that online. Two other early Super-8 shorts not listed in the opening post are Roadmovies: A Trilogy (1984-86) and Home Movies (1998); she was still listing them (and the music videos) in her bio as late as 2006 but has quietly let them disappear since.
Great! Thanks! I'd heard she did one for Helmet, but I didn't realize she'd done that many music videos, and I didn't think to try to track 'em down for inclusion here.

And the Soda release of Night Moves is the one I actually have, which I imported after considering both releases! It just slipped my mind...Sorry! It's the last of Reichardt's features I've to watch, and I plan on getting to it next week, so I would've realized my mistake then.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#6 Post by senseabove » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:19 pm

mfunk9786 wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:37 am
Very nice work, but in the future please leave filmmaker thread creation to a moderator or DarkImbecile. That way we don't have superfluous or at times redundant threads created. Thank you!
No toes meant to be stepped on, mfunk. I did read the guidelines, which say that after researching to ensure no duplication, "you can request a first post from me in advance of initiating a discussion on a heretofore neglected filmmaker or create one yourself..."

Happy to ping mods in the future, but the Filmmakers Forum Guidelines might need a tweak if that's the law of the land.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#7 Post by mfunk9786 » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:34 pm

You are absolutely correct. No offense was taken by anyone here. It's just a bear to keep organized if threads are being created within it, but that isn't your fault.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#8 Post by JamesF » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:30 pm

Surprised no-one posted this sooner - Reichardt is shooting her next film right now, back in Oregon and working with Jon Raymond source material again. Hooray!

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#9 Post by senseabove » Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:46 pm

JamesF wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:30 pm
Surprised no-one posted this sooner - Reichardt is shooting her next film right now, back in Oregon and working with Jon Raymond source material again. Hooray!
Hooray! I've been wondering what Reichardt's up to, since we'd heard nothing about the DeWitt project announced right after Certain Women.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#10 Post by senseabove » Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:58 pm

Just noting that Old Joy is coming from Criterion. Discussion here: viewtopic.php?p=666553#p666553

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#11 Post by senseabove » Sat Aug 31, 2019 2:39 pm

A few First Cow reviews out of Telluride, at a skim all ranging from positive to glowing. Seems it's already been picked up by A24.

David Rooney at The Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/revie ... 19-1234367
Peter Debruge at Variety: https://variety.com/2019/film/reviews/f ... 203319530/
Eric Kohn at IndieWire: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/08/first ... 202169928/


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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#13 Post by therewillbeblus » Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:37 pm

I like Kelly Reichardt, but man she took a few details from the Tarantino film and created her own film from it in a few sentences. No need to jumpstart that conversation again, but what a leap! (And, if going by my own reading of the film, completely missing the point on DiCaprio's sensitive and vulnerable anti-macho core seeking emotional validation, not to mention the implication of the viewer's interest in this empathic space too). I don't "get" the things she's talking about either, and completely align with her on what she's saying outside of that context, but we clearly saw a different movie.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#14 Post by DarkImbecile » Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:10 pm

Reichardt and Olivier Assayas discuss their latest films, compare their writing and shooting methods, and investigate how their respective pasts inform their work in this Talkhouse podcast

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#15 Post by senseabove » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:36 am

I was supposed to see First Cow the day lockdown took effect in California... so I'm very happy to see that it looks like A24 is finally giving up and First Cow is getting released digitally on July 10th. It's shown up in a few miscellaneous small theater showtimes if you search for them and has a release date and preorder option on Amazon Prime Video now. I'm hoping A24 is doing a release that will still let me support my local...

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#16 Post by DeprongMori » Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:39 pm

I’d been looking to find some of Kelly Reichardt’s short films that were done in the hiatus between her debut River of Grass in 1994 and her breakthrough Old Joy in 2006. I was finally able to track down Travis from 2004. It’s a remarkable film — visually abstract with a repeated and layered recording of a woman’s voice repeating a series of phrases. And while the narrated story eventually comes into focus, the visual subject remains lost and available only to memory.

The abstract nature of Travis was utterly outside the mode familiar to those who know her feature films, which have a visual specificity and intercharacter intimacy, but I found it both mesmerizing and compelling.

If you like Reichardt’s work or abstract film, check it out.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#17 Post by TheKieslowskiHaze » Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:52 am

therewillbeblus wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:37 pm
I like Kelly Reichardt, but man she took a few details from the Tarantino film and created her own film from it in a few sentences. No need to jumpstart that conversation again, but what a leap! (And, if going by my own reading of the film, completely missing the point on DiCaprio's sensitive and vulnerable anti-macho core seeking emotional validation, not to mention the implication of the viewer's interest in this empathic space too).
To be fair to Reichardt, Rick Dalton overcomes his vulnerability not through therapy or getting in touch with his feelings but by brutally murdering a woman with a flamethrower. I liked OUATIH quite a bit, but, Reichardt's right, it's got some serious problems.

That said, I came looking for a First Cow discussion. No thread on this yet? It's peak Reichardt and easily one of the best movie's I've seen in awhile.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#18 Post by knives » Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:59 am

No he doesn't. He does it in two actions. The first successfully pulling off a role and the second making a small connection with a human as personified by Tate.
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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#19 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:26 pm

knives is right (though I think it’s a bit more complicated than that, since Cliff Booth’s friendship and encouragement is vital to his developing self-esteem), and if that’s not ‘enough’ remember that the point of the movie is that it is a movie where this catharsis can happen based on minimal actions and not an entire life story of realist therapy. To fault it for that is to miss the point of Tarantino’s aims, and take issue with the limitations of movies rather than the marvel at what they can achieve.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#20 Post by senseabove » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:54 pm

Take the T-word elsewhere. Now I need to cleanse my Reichardt safe space of macho bull with a peaceful heifer:
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I've been meaning to rewatch First Cow because I loved parts of it, while I found it on the whole a little underwhelming. But that's been the case for every single one of her movies on first view, and everything I've seen more than once I think is a masterpiece. (NB: I've only seen Night Moves once...)

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#21 Post by JamesF » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:56 pm

I mean, judging by Tarantino's well-publicised dumping on Meek's Cutoff, it's very clear that he and Reichardt don't have compatible outlooks on cinema or life in general, so probably best not to make too much of her comments on OUATIH.

No sign of a release date (or even a distributor) for First Cow in the UK yet - might have to pre-order the US Blu.

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#22 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:23 pm

Each artist unpacks male friendship in their own way, and I could lob reasons why Reichardt’s attempts don’t get at the complexities of Tarantino’s, and vice versa, but would never dub them “bull” and close the door condescendingly without an argument. JamesF is right, they’re just too different.

As for Reichardt’s film, I liked First Cow, especially once it hit a stride in its rhythm and emerged as a parallel story of friendship and
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a naturalist agricultural heist movie
I agree with senseabove that her films tend to benefit from multiple viewings to take everything in. Then again so does the work in question of He Who Must Not Be Named

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#23 Post by senseabove » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:51 pm

The "bull" jab was just an honest joke. Even if I on the whole liked OUATIH, one of my many quibbles with Tarantino in general is his planetary-sized gravitational pull on film discussions, such as being now about as frequently mentioned in this thread as the subject of the thread. And yes, I'm aware we're talking about him because Reichardt brought up and dismissed OUATIH, but that's more to my point than against it. I could never see his name written again, especially in this thread, and I'd be perfectly, blissfully happy, and that's my argument.

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#24 Post by swo17 » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:53 pm

I like QT (sorry, senseabove!) but if he makes me choose between him and Reichardt, he's gonna lose that battle

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Re: Kelly Reichardt

#25 Post by therewillbeblus » Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:19 pm

So your argument is rooted in how you’d personally want the thread to go, and you chose to reach that goal by reducing the worth of his last film to two words? That’s only going to bring forth more defenses, especially when you’re aware of a “gravitational pull.” I’m a fan of his work, but only find this film to be a very specific case where I’m quick to defend because I believe it is far denser than others want to give it credit for. My counter argument is that the emotional value of it has been unfairly dismissed (or misread, hence what started today’s conversation) by people who have a chip on their shoulder against him for the reasons you state, or based on his other often unapologetically shallow works. Dismissing an artist or their work based on the trend of discussions others make in defense of their films is also an odd argument.

Anyways, I do think this thread is sadly lacking in conversation about Reichardt herself, which makes the ongoing debate accumulate into an unfortunately sizable percentage of the thread. In an effort to change that, I’ll say that Night Moves is one of my favorites of her works, mostly because it takes the thriller model and whittles it down to a real-time drama. The film’s rhythm mimics the slightly elevated heartbeat of someone breaking the law (outside of an exaggerated high-intensity robbery scenario), and that deconstruction of an eco-thriller into the pace of the thrills of actual ecological beings is fascinating. I think she does something similar but reversed in Wendy and Lucy, taking a more deceptively ‘lowkey drama’ story and building it as a realistic ascending anxiety attack to become a thriller.

Also, Reichardt taught film at my sister’s college and she never took one of her classes, which still pains me to this day ten years later, selfishly because I want to know how she teaches film in a live setting.

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