September 11, 2017
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RIVER OF GRASS unspools at MoMA 9.12.17 — Q & A with Reichardt and Fessenden to follow

Kelly Reichardt: Powerfully Observant

The Museum of Modern Art

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

7:00 p.m.
River of Grass
Presented in 35mm
Post-screening discussion with Reichardt & Fessenden

Tix on sale

May 21, 2016
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Extended Cuts: RIVER OF GRASS interview, cont.

Extended chat with Fessenden on the River of Grass shoot and restoration
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May 18, 2016
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Larry Fessenden flaps his gums about indie auteur Kelly Reichardt

“Kelly is very warm and very loyal with a select few people,” he answers. “She’s just a private person. She believes in the work first, and is a little wary of the pomp and circumstance of press, and even for that matter talking about her work and her motivations.”

Fessenden, for his own part, has “never been shy” when it comes to interviews, but thinks there’s room for more than one approach. “You have the Hitchcock model; I think he was incredibly articulate, and brought a great deal to cinema by talking about his process. But there’s also Kubrick, who stopped doing interviews right when he became most intriguing, and as a result, his films are deeply haunting.”

Reichardt might lean towards the latter extreme, but, Fessenden concludes, that’s “extremely charming in this day in age, where everybody is flappin’ their gums at every opportunity!”

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Read full article HERE

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May 5, 2016
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River of Grass (fully restored) now available

For those of you who’ve had a difficult time searching for River of Grass on Blu-ray and DVD, the wait is over. The full restoration of Kelly Reichardt’s indie classic River of Grass is now available from Oscilloscope Labs.  featuring a commentary with Reichardt and Fessenden.You can purchase a copy on Amazon!

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April 20, 2016
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River of Grass pops into Miami Beach Cinematheque

Reichardt recently premiered her latest film, Certain Women, at Sundance, where it was picked up by IFC for U.S. distribution and Sony for worldwide release. It reunites her with Williams and also features Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart. The director has done well for herself and grown much since she made River of Grass. 

She expresses a sort of mixed nostalgia of the restoration of her first film, finally admitting the best part about it may be its documentation of a North Miami that no longer exists. 

“Larry Fessenden and I did a commentary on the DVD,” she says, “and we watched it without sound, and I still haven’t seen it with sound, but it did seem like such a lifetime ago. We had such bad memories. We were like those two old Muppet guys in the balcony: ‘What did we do? We did what?’ And I think there are still parts of Miami that probably don’t exist anymore, so that part of it is interesting.”

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March 17, 2016
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Throwback Thursday: 1993


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Fessenden and Reichardt shooting River of Grass in Florida.
Newly restored version now playing at the IFC Center and streaming online at Fandor.

March 17, 2016
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RIVER OF GRASS at Boston’s Brattle Theater this week!

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… One county over is Lee (Larry Fessenden), a layabout who lives with his grandmother until she kicks him out. Fessenden, who would go on to a lively career as a character actor and director of cult horror movies like 2001’s “Wendigo,” has a long, jellybean-shaped face, droopy hair, and a snaggle-toothed grin; he looks like rocker Nick Cave’s younger, mouthier brother and he has a loser’s kind of charm. He meets Cozy in a bar, where he confesses “I’m kind of in limbo now.” “Limbo. That sounds nice,” she replies…

Read the article at the Boston Globe

And don’t forget to see WENDIGO on 35mm at The Brattle NEXT week!!

 

March 16, 2016
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Spotlight On: River of Grass

Have you heard the buzz about the new restoration of Kelly Reichardt’s debut film River of Grass? Check out some of the reviews, including an AV Club interview with Reichardt. It is now available for streaming on Fandor

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August 12, 2015
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Kelly Reichardt’s Restored RIVER OF GRASS Among Toronto International Film Fest Picks

Indiewire reports that Kelly Reichardt’s partially Kickstarter-funded, newly restored version of RIVER OF GRASS picked for prestigious TIFF Cinematheque. Fessenden stars alongside Lisa Bowman in this 1994 film.

From the Indiewire release:

In addition to its stellar slate of new titles and emerging talent, the Toronto International Film Festival is dedicated to paying respect to the cinema — and masters — that have come before the latest and greatest in contemporary film talent. As part of the initiative, the festival boasts two unique programs — TIFF Cinematheque, which focuses on previously released classics, and Masters of Cinema, which features new films from, well, masters of cinema — and both sections have now revealed their slate for the 2015 festival.

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Read on for more details and all the picks.

August 19, 2014
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THE KELLY REICHARDT COLLECTION is coming to Blu-ray!

[via dvdbeaver.com]
This essential collection brings together for the first time on Blu-ray the three films that helped establish Kelly Reichardt as one of the most important auteurs of American independent cinema: OLD JOY (2006), WENDY AND LUCY (2008), and MEEK’S CUTOFF (2010). Also included as a Bonus Feature is her remarkable debut film, RIVER OF GRASS (1994), never previously available in the UK. Other Bonus Features include audio of a masterclass given by Kelly Reichardt at Oxford University in 2014, the short stories by Jonathan Raymond upon which OLD JOY and WENDY AND LUCY are based, and a booklet written by long-time Reichardt collaborator Larry Fessenden.

Click here to read the glowing review from dvdbeaver!