Over the past few years, Kelly Reichardt has become one of our favorite independent filmmakers, bringing her unique style, relentless realism, and unmistakable voice to such diverse pictures as Meek’s Cutoff, Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, and Night Moves. But her first film, 1993’s River of Grass, has always been a bit slippery; limited availability on DVD (used copies are currently going for $40 on Amazon), impossible to stream, and generally out of circulation, it’s getting a major re-release via the fine folks at Oscilloscope Laboratories. And as part of that push, they’ve commissioned a brand-new poster from artist Zachary Baldus, which we’re thrilled to debut exclusively on Flavorwire:
The synopsis for River of Grass, via Oscilloscope:
RIVER OF GRASS (1993), 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,” played by Lisa 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.
River of Grass is set for re-release next spring.