Kelly Reichardt’s filmmaking career began in 1994 with her first feature River of Grass. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as three Independent Spirit Awards. Her follow up feature, Old Joy, premiered at Sundance in 2006 and was the first American film to win a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Her next film, Wendy and Lucy (2008), appeared on several “best of the year” lists and won first place on the Film Comment End of Year Critics’ Poll. Certain Women (2016), based on Maile Meloy’s short story collection Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, appeared on Cahiers du Cinéma’s Top 10 Films of 2016 list. Reichardt’s latest film, First Cow, was released in 2019 and was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival. “It seems I’m always making films about people that have nothing to spare,” Reichardt says, “the economy of how things are shot is an aesthetic choice but it’s also practical. From the script writing phase I’m thinking about what’s possible – writing for what I think I’ll have access to.”
A recipient of several grants including the Film Independent Bonnie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Renew Media Fellowship, she is currently S. William Senfeld Artist-in-Residence at Bard College and Baby Jane Holzer Visiting Artist in Film at Harvard University. A retrospective of her work will take place at the Centre Pompidou in the fall of 2020.