Friday, March 18

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River of Grass

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Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20

(1994) dir Kelly Reichardt w/Larry Fessenden, Lisa Bowman [76 min; DCP]
RIVER OF GRASS, Kelly Reichardt’s darkly funny debut feature, brought the writer/director back to the setting of her adolescence, the suburban landscape of southern Florida, where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics agent mother. Shot on 16mm, the story follows the misadventures of disaffected house-wife Cozy (Bowman) and the aimless layabout Lee, played by up and comer Larry Fessenden, who also acted as a producer and the film’s editor. Described by Reichardt as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime,” RIVER OF GRASS introduces viewers to a director already in command of her craft and defining her signature style long before Wendy & Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff.

“Indie Director Kelly Reichardt’s 1994 ‘River Of Grass’ Comes Out Of The Shadows,” by Sean Burns, WBUR’s The Artery

“River of Grass is very funny, but in a more somber key it also test-drives what will become Reichardt’s specialty: the transformation of cheerless wastelands into backdrops for journeys of the parched soul.” – Ella Taylor, NPR

“‘River of Grass’… retools genre into a middle-American Zen koan.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“A film of fizzy languor… terrific.” – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

“Reichardt subverts expectations at every turn, while simultaneously painting a vivid portrait of southern Florida… in all its sun-drenched seediness.” – Mike D’Angelo, AV Club

“Incisive and funny… Simultaneously subversive and compassionate.” – Jay Carr, Boston Globe

“Highly original and filmed with perfect assurance… one of the finest independent films of recent years.”
Dave Kehr, New York Daily News

Buy Tickets – River of Grass:

Friday 3/18
at 5:00 7:00 9:30 PM
Saturday 3/19
at 1:00 3:00 5:00 7:00 9:30 PM
Sunday 3/20
at 1:00 7:30 9:30 PM

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