Digitally restore River of Grass, the rarely-seen 1994 debut feature of Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff), a road movie without the road.
Kelly Reichardt, best known for Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, and Night Moves, made her debut with the feature River of Grass. Oscilloscope Labs is leading the initiative to digitally restore Reichardt’s debut with a crowdfunding goal of $20,000.
The lead actor and editor, Larry Fessenden (a very successful indie filmmaker in his own right), narrates the Kickstarter video and shows off the rewards including silkscreen posters, Oscilloscope gear and pre-orders of River of Grass as digital download or DVD formats.
The story follows the misadventures of disaffected house-wife “Cozy”, played by newcomer Lisa Bowman, and the aimless layabout “Lee”, played by Larry Fessenden. Reichardt says the movie is “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime.” The production is described as a collaborative and community endeavor with many locals playing bit roles as well as assisting in the production.
River of Grass was shot on 16 mm color film in 4×3 aspect ratio. The film premiered at Sundance in 1994 and was nominated for numerous Independent Spirit Awards.
The opportunity to restore the debut feature by Kelly Reichardt is a cause well worth sharing. She is one of the most enduring voices in independent cinema.