ONLINE ONLY: Interview with Kelly Reichardt

The New York–based filmmaker Kelly Reichardt is the director of Old Joy (2006) and Wendy and Lucy (2008), which was screened at this year’s Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and New York film festivals. Wendy and Lucy opens at Film Forum in New York on December 10.

My collaborative process with Jon Raymond is a really good one. After reading his novel The Half-Life [2004], I was inspired to make a feature-length work, something that I hadn’t done for a long time. We worked together to create Old Joy, which was based on a story he had written to accompany an amazing series of Justine Kurland photographs. After that project was finished, we almost immediately set out on another collaboration. With Wendy and Lucy, we devised the storyline together, and then he went off to write it as a full-fledged short story. Jon’s interested in writing about landscapes, narratives of the road, friendships—themes

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