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Kelly Reichardt is a screenwriter
Screenwriter
Screenwriters or scriptwriters or scenario writers are people who write/create the short or feature-length screenplays from which mass media such as films, television programs, Comics or video games are based.-Profession:...

 and film director
Film director
A film director is a person who directs the actors and film crew in filmmaking. They control a film's artistic and dramatic nathan roach, while guiding the technical crew and actors.-Responsibilities:...

 working within American
United States
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 indie cinema
Independent film
An independent film, or indie film, is a professional film production resulting in a feature film that is produced mostly or completely outside of the major film studio system. In addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies, independent films are also produced...

. Her debut film River of Grass
River of Grass
River of Grass is the debut film of American director Kelly Reichardt, who also wrote the screenplay. It was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1994, and for three Independent Spirit Awards in...

was released in 1994
1994 in film
1994 was a significant year in film.The top grosser worldwide was The Lion King, which to date stands as the highest-grossing traditionally-animated film of all time...

. It was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards
Independent Spirit Awards 1995
-Best Actor: Sean Penn – Dead Man Walking* Nicolas Cage – Leaving Las Vegas* Tim Roth – Little Odessa* Jimmy Smits – My Family* Kevin Spacey – Swimming with Sharks-Best Actress: Elisabeth Shue – Leaving Las Vegas...

, as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival that takes place annually in Utah, in the United States. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States. Held in January in Park City, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, as well as at the Sundance Resort, the festival is a showcase for new...

. In 1999
1999 in film
The year 1999 in film involved several noteworthy events and has been called "The Year That Changed Movies". Several significant feature films, including Stanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut, Pedro Almodóvar's first Oscar-winning film All About My Mother, science fiction The Matrix, Deep...

, she completed her sophomore feature, Ode, based on Herman Raucher
Herman Raucher
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's novel Ode to Billie Joe
Ode to Billie Joe
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. Next, she made two short films, Then a Year, made in 2001
2001 in film
The year 2001 in film involved some significant events, including the first of the Harry Potter series and also the first of The Lord of the Rings trilogy...

, and Travis, which deals with the Iraq War, in 2004
2004 in film
The year 2004 in film involved some significant events. Major releases of sequels took place. It included blockbuster films like Shrek 2, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Passion of the Christ, Meet the Fockers, Blade: Trinity, Spider-Man 2, Alien vs. Predator, Kill Bill Vol...

. Most of her films are regarded to be part of the minimalist movement in films.

In 2006
2006 in film
- Highest-grossing films :Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top-grossing films that were first released in the United States in 2006...

, she completed Old Joy, based on the short story by Jon Raymond, starring Daniel London
Daniel London
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 and singer-songwriter
Songwriter
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 Will Oldham
Will Oldham
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 as two friends who reunite for a camping trip to the Cascades
Cascade Range
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 and Bagby Hot Springs
Bagby Hot Springs
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, near Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
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. The film won awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
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, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival
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. Neil Kopp
Neil Kopp
Neil Kopp is an American film, commercial and music video producer best known for his work on the films Old Joy and Paranoid Park ....

 won the Producer's Award at the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards
Independent Spirit Awards
The Independent Spirit Awards , founded in 1984, are awards dedicated to independent filmmakers. Winners were typically presented with acrylic glass pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. In 1986, the event was renamed the Independent Spirit...

 for his work on Old Joy and Paranoid Park
Paranoid Park (film)
Paranoid Park is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Gus Van Sant. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Blake Nelson and takes place in Portland, Oregon. It stars Gabe Nevins as a teenage skateboarder who accidentally kills a security guard.Van Sant wrote the draft...

.

Her film Wendy and Lucy
Wendy and Lucy
Wendy and Lucy is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt. Reichardt and Jon Raymond adapted the screenplay from his short story "Train Choir". The film stars Michelle Williams and Will Patton...

is also based on a short story by Jon Raymond. Raymond worked with Reichardt to adapt the screenplay of the film, which was released in December 2008
2008 in film
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 and earned Oscar
Academy Awards
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 buzz for lead actress Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams (actress)
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. The film was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards
Independent Spirit Awards 2008
The Independent Spirit Awards 2008 announced its nominees in December 2008. The winners were announced on February 21, 2009.-Best Actor :Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler*Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina Barcelona...

 including Best Film.

Reichardt currently teaches film at Bard College
Bard College
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. Her latest film, Meek's Cutoff
Meek's Cutoff
Meek's Cutoff is a 2010 western film directed by Kelly Reichardt. The film was shown in competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival...

, is a western starring Paul Dano
Paul Dano
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 and Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams (actress)
Michelle Ingrid Williams is an American actress. After starting her career with television guest appearances in the early 1990s, Williams achieved recognition for her role as Jen Lindley on the WB television teen drama Dawson's Creek, which she played from 1998 to 2003...

, and is scheduled to compete for the Golden Lion
Golden Lion
Il Leone d’Oro is the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival. The prize was introduced in 1949 by the organizing committee and is now regarded as one of the film industry's most distinguished prizes...

 at the 67th Venice International Film Festival
67th Venice International Film Festival
The 67th annual Venice Film Festival held in Venice, Italy, took place from September 1 to September 11, 2010. American film director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino was head of the Jury. John Woo was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement prior to the start of the Festival...

.

Filmography


Features:
  • River of Grass
    River of Grass
    River of Grass is the debut film of American director Kelly Reichardt, who also wrote the screenplay. It was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 1994, and for three Independent Spirit Awards in...

    (1994)
  • Old Joy (2006)
  • Wendy and Lucy
    Wendy and Lucy
    Wendy and Lucy is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt. Reichardt and Jon Raymond adapted the screenplay from his short story "Train Choir". The film stars Michelle Williams and Will Patton...

    (2008)
  • Meek's Cutoff
    Meek's Cutoff
    Meek's Cutoff is a 2010 western film directed by Kelly Reichardt. The film was shown in competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival...

    (2010)

Shorts:
  • Ode (1999)
  • Then a Year (2001)
  • Travis (2004)

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