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Announcing a new Meetup for Radical Visions Cinema Club!
What: Kelly Reichardt's "Old Joy" and "River of Glass," with director in person
When: Friday, November 12, 2010 6:00 PM
Where: Pacific Film Archive
2575 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720
Join us Friday November 11 when we see two films by the acclaimed American director Kelly Reichardt: Old Joy (2006) and River of Glass (her 1993 debut). Reichardt's best films are intimate character dramas that explore profound themes in a gentle unforced manner, with naturalistic backdrops and an appreciation of quiet sounds. At Friday's screening, the director herself will be present and will discuss her films in conversation with noted feminist culture critic, B. Ruby Rich.
"'A triumph of modesty and of seriousness that also happens to be one of the finest American films of the year,' wrote the New York Times about Reichardt's eye-opening second feature, set in the woods of the Pacific Northwest and paced to the region's quiet rhythms. Two old friends reunite for a weekend hiking trip, but find their lives may have already taken them in opposite directions: the job-holding, soon-to-be dad Mark (Daniel London) seems stable in both outlook and finances, whereas the mobility of the disheveled Kurt (indie singer Will Oldham) appears far more downward than upward. Through one atmospheric backpack ramble through the woods of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, Old Joy details how friendships--and people--change through the years, and explores the difficult process of growing older and growing up, while still holding on to one's friends. For the New York Times, Old Joy is 'one of the most persuasive portraits of generational malaise--and tentative hope--to come from an American director in recent memory.'"
River of Glass
Reichardt's debut feature is a quick-witted film whose appeal is as much a matter of tone and style as story. When thirty-year-old Cory comes to the realization that her life isn’t all it might be--her lackadaisical husband, three kids, and house on a soggy acre in Broward County, Florida, leave something to be desired--she sneaks out one night to a local bar and meets her destiny, an aimless and enigmatic young drifter named Lee. While engaging in a little late-night pool-hopping, the pair encounters an annoyed homeowner. Unfortunately for all concerned, Lee has chosen this moment to show Cory his pistol. The gun goes off and the couple flees. So begins a low-key but captivating escapade that provokes amusement and incredulity as this bungling Bonnie and Clyde live the life of outlaws who can't seem to get it right. Shot on a minuscule budget, with a stark atmosphere, this is original, controlled filmmaking by creative independents who clearly understand the B-movie legacy they're tapping into.
More information on the Pacific Film Archive’s Kelly Reichardt retrospective (November 11-13):www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/afterimage
Pacific Film Archive Information and Directions: www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/visit/directions
6:00 Purchase tickets at PFA's Box Office (2575 Bancroft) then meet across the street at Cafe Milano (2522 Bancroft) for salads/sandwiches/coffee.
6:35 Head to PFA's theater (2575 Bancroft) to take our seats. The first film starts at7:00.
10:30 After the films and Q & A session, we will meet at Caffe Strada (two blocks up Bancroft, at 2300 College) for conversation.
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