Kelly Reichardt. Photograph by Holly Andres
Kelly Reichardt, S. William Senfeld Artist in Residence at Bard College, spoke with the New Yorker
about her life and process as a filmmaker and faculty member at Bard. “Reichardt is this country’s finest observer of ordinary grit, an American neorealist to place among the likes of Robert Bresson, Yasujirō Ozu, and Vittorio De Sica,” writes Doreen St. Félix for the New Yorker
. “The regard for her takes on a hero aspect. It can often feel dazed because of the deep reserve of Reichardt’s stamina, which has carried her through her singular three-decade career.” Her eighth and latest feature film Showing Up
, set in Portland about a sculptor named Lizzy, is a rejoinder to the trope of the artist at work and “projects the air of an encompassing thesis, an artist’s statement” by Reichardt.