Kelly Reichardt

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Kelly Reichardt
Kelly Reichardt (cropped).jpg
Born Miami, Florida
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present

Kelly Reichardt is a screenwriter and film director working within American indie cinema.[1] Her credits include Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek's Cutoff, Night Moves and Certain Women.


Her debut film River of Grass was released in 1994. It was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards,[2] as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. In 1999, she completed her sophomore feature, Ode, based on Herman Raucher's novel Ode to Billie Joe. Next, she made two short films, Then a Year, made in 2001, and Travis, which deals with the Iraq War, in 2004.

Most of her films are regarded by critics to be part of the minimalist movement in films.[3]

In 2006, she completed Old Joy, based on a short story in Jon Raymond's collection Livability. Daniel London and singer-songwriter Will Oldham portray two friends who reunite for a camping trip to the Cascades and Bagby Hot Springs, near Portland, Oregon. The film won awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival. Neil Kopp won the Producer's Award at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards for his work on Old Joy and Paranoid Park.

For her next film, Wendy and Lucy, she and Jon Raymond adapted another story from Livability. The film was released in December 2008 and earned Oscar buzz for lead actress Michelle Williams. It was nominated for Best Film and Best Female Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.

She then directed Meek's Cutoff, a western starring Michelle Williams. It competed for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.[4]

In 2013 her film Night Moves debuted in competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

Reichardt is also an Artist-in-Residence in the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College.[5] Ms. Reichardt is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship [6]

Reichardt's latest film, Certain Women, is based on Maile Meloy's 2009 collection of short stories, Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It, and was shot in March/April 2015 in Montana. Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, and Kristen Stewart are starring.[7] Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) bought the rights to distribution.[8] The film premiered Jan. 24, 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival.

Reichardt won the top award at the 2016 London Film Festival for Certain Women.[9]

In October 2016, Reichardt revealed that for her next film she will be collaborating with author Patrick DeWitt in an adaptation of his novel Undermajordomo Minor, which could possibly be shot outside of the U.S.[10][11]


List of films directed
Year Title Role(s) Notes
1994 River of Grass Director/Screenwriter
1999 Ode Director Short Film
2001 Then a Year Director Short Film
2004 Travis Director Short Film
2006 Old Joy Director/Screenwriter/Editor
2008 Wendy and Lucy Director/Screenwriter/Editor
2010 Meek's Cutoff Director/Editor
2013 Night Moves Director/Screenwriter/Editor
2016 Certain Women Director/Screenwriter/Editor


Further reading[edit]

  • Hall, E. Dawn (2018). ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 1474411126. 
  • Seymour, Nicole; Fusco, Katherine (2017). Kelly Reichardt (Contemporary Film Directors). University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0252083059. 

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