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How to Help Restore Kelly Reichardt’s Debut ‘River of Grass’

How to Help Restore Kelly Reichardt's Debut 'River of Grass'

You’ve probably seen “Night Moves,” “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Wendy and Lucy” or “Old Joy,” director Reichardt’s quartet of hushed, spare and formally impeccable features set in or around the American Northwest.

The Oregon-based filmmaker’s singularly restrained approach began with 1994’s “River of Grass,” a 16mm-shot, sort-of love letter to Godard’s “Breathless,” Malick’s “Badlands” and Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde.” Narrated with relaxed poetry a la Sissy Spacek in “Badlands” or Linda Manz in “Days of Heaven,” the film centers on a couple of young drifters who go rogue in South Florida outside the Everglades.

With under 30 days to go, Oscilloscope’s newly launched Kickstarter campaign asks for $20,000 to digitally restore the road movie. Lots of cool prizes include swag, vintage laser discs, a trip to the premiere screening and more.

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