Filmmaker Shares Vision: Kelly Reichardt at CCA

Cinema Visionaries: Kelly Reichardt

CCA’s undergraduate Film and MFA in Film programs welcomed filmmaker visionary Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) to the San Francisco campus October 6 as part of the fall 2016 Cinema Visionaries lecture series.

CINEMA VISIONARIES: An Evening with Kelly Reichardt consisted of a public screening of the director-writer’s latest film, Certain Women (starring Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern), followed by a Q&A, and included an exclusive master class the following day for undergraduate and graduate Film students.

Cinema Visionaries lecture series connects students with some of today's most notable industry filmmakers: Gus Van Sant, Lisa Cholodenko, John Waters, Werner Herzog, Michael Moore, Barbara Hammer, and many others!

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“Kelly Reichardt is a visionary filmmaker, a pioneering director, and a legend in the indie film world,” praised Film co-chair Rob Epstein. “Having Kelly preview her new film Certain Women a few nights after its New York Film Festival premiere was a real privilege for our community."

The following week the prominent filmmaker was the subject of a New York Times Magazine article (“The Quiet Menace of Kelly Reichardt’s Feminist Westerns,” by Alice Gregory) in which the film was praised as being arguably the most precise expression of Reichardt’s vision to date.”

The film is a triptych based on three short stories by the Montana-raised author Maile Meloy.

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Reputable Filmmakers — Unique Opportunities

Second-year MFA in Film student Zachary Gallagher recognizes the value of an arts education: “Having the opportunity to listen and converse with Kelly Reichardt was [an] immeasurable experience. Rarely are you able to sit in a room with 15 other aspiring filmmakers and pick the brain of someone so in tune with their art.

“It really felt less like a master class and more like an extended conversation between two good friends.”

Epstein confirms the value such master classes have for Film students: “The following morning at her master class, students and faculty alike were all inspired to hear about her working methodologies.”

About Cinema Visionaries

The Cinema Visionaries series at California College of the Arts has become an important event in the Bay Area community. Every year the series hosts a renowned filmmaker for an evening of conversation and film.

The successful program is funded through 2016 with the generous support of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein.