Thursday, February 27, 2020

Screening: First Cow & More

Opening on March 13 in DC

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Written by: Kelly Reichardt & Jon Raymond
Produced by: Neil Kopp, Vincent Savino, & Anish Savjani
Starring: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Toby Jones, & Ewen Bremner

Kelly Reichardt once again trains her perceptive and patient eye on the Pacific Northwest, this time evoking an authentically hardscrabble early nineteenth century way of life. A taciturn loner and skilled cook (John Magaro) has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon Territory, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee) also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business, although its longevity is reliant upon the clandestine participation of a nearby wealthy landowner’s prized milking cow. From this simple premise Reichardt constructs an interrogation of foundational Americana that recalls her earlier triumph Old Joy in its sensitive depiction of male friendship, yet is driven by a mounting suspense all its own. Reichardt again shows her distinct talent for depicting the peculiar rhythms of daily living and ability to capture the immense, unsettling quietude of rural America.

Kelly Reichardt – Writer/Director:
A retrospective of Reichardt’s work took place at the Museum of Modern Art in the fall of 2017. Her feature films include: River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006), Wendy and Lucy (2008), Meek’s Cutoff (2010), Night Moves (2013), Certain Women (2016), and First Cow (2019). Grants: United States Artists Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Renew Media Fellowship. Special Screenings: Whitney Biennial (2012), Film Forum, Cannes Film Festival in “Un Certain Regard,” Venice International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Viennale Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival. Retrospectives: Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, Walker Art Center, American Cinematheque Los Angeles, European Touring Retrospective (The American Landscape: The Films of Kelly Reichardt). Teaching: currently an Artist-in-Residence at Bard College. Publications: ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt, E. Dawn Hall, Edinburgh University Press.

Screening Details:

  Kelly Reichardt Retrospective Film Series hosted by A24 and The Kennedy Center’s Social Impact initiative. All screenings will take place at The Reach at The Kennedy Center.

The film series includes screenings of Kelly’s past films on Sunday and Tuesday, ending with the FIRST COW screening followed by a Q&A with Writer/Director Kelly Reichardt on Wednesday evening. 

Film Series Schedule:

The Reach at the Kennedy Center
The Justice Forum
2700 F St NW
Washington, DC 20566

Sunday, March 1, 2020
11:00 AM

1:30 PM

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:00 PM

9:00 PM

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:00 PM
*Q&A to follow with Writer/Director Kelly Reichardt

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As always, screenings are first-come, first-served so please arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

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