E. Dawn Hall

ReFocus: The Films of Kelly Reichardt

Over her multi-film career, including works like Old Joy, Meek’s Cutoff and Certain Women, the independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt has established a highly individual perspective on questions of gender, feminism, socioeconomics and sexual orientation, set within an aesthetic framework that is guided by the low-budget techniques of slow cinema, minimalism, and neorealism. In this close reading of her films and production methods, E. Dawn Hall defines Reichardt’s auteur characteristics, arguing that she offers a contemporary and sustainable model for independent filmmakers in America.

E. Dawn Hall

E. Dawn Hall is a professor in the Department of English at Western Kentucky University. Her research focuses on the challenges and opportunities of American independent women filmmakers and her recently published book is titled, ReFocus: The films of Kelly Reichardt (Edinburgh UP 2018). Hall has produced three short films and teaches English, film, popular culture studies and gender and women’s studies.

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