Profile: Kelly Reichardt, director of the Jesse Eisenberg-starring Night Moves

2Kelly Reichardt

The eco-activist drama also stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard

Name Kelly Reichardt

Born 1964, Miami, Florida.

Background Reichardt is one of the most celebrated directors working in indie cinema today, having directed Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff. Her work has received nominations for both Academy and Independent Spirit Awards. She also teaches filmmaking at Bard College.

What’s next? Her latest film Night Moves examines the repercussions of an act of eco-terrorism on a group of outsiders. Featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, the film explores the nature of political action and offers a complex portrait of a corrosive mental state.

On working with Jesse Eisenberg: ‘Jesse came and lived on the farm, worked on the farm, and rehearsed,’ Reichardt recently told Indiewire. ‘I would do script changes after rehearsing with him, and he would want to change the way some scenes were done. Some things we tried and didn't work, and some things we tried – that were his ideas – and they did work and made the script better.’

On her longstanding collaborator, Michelle Williams: In an interview with Vulture, Reichardt said: ‘[Williams is] a master of her craft. She’s been working for so long, she can just make the smallest adjustments, and she’s capable of being really still and letting a lot come through that.’

On independent filmmaking: Reichardt told Gus Van Sant in a BOMB magazine interview that ‘there’s something great about having privacy when you’re making a film … you can just edit in your apartment and take your time because that part of the process doesn’t cost anything.’

Night Moves is on general release from Fri 29 Aug.

Night Moves Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning Drama HD

Night Moves

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 1h 52min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
  • Cast: Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Eisenberg
  • UK release: 29 August 2014

Three environmentalists (Eisenberg, Fanning and Sarsgaard) plan to blow up a hydroelectric dam. Reichardt's film asks tough questions about the consequences of committing oneself to terrorism; highly intelligent and sensitive filmmaking, with excellent performances from the three leads.