In the suburban backwaters of the Everglades, bored housewife Cozy longs to shake the swampy monotony that permeates her life. But even a crime spree with local misanthrope Lee Ray, kicked off by an accidental shooting, can’t break her ennui. This brand new digital restoration of Kelly Reichardt’s rarely-seen debut is a vital artifact of nineties indie filmmaking, reincorporating previously lost footage. Watching River of Grass feels like listening to your favorite band’s early demo tapes, rough and ready and overflowing with personality.


Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Produced by Larry Fessenden, Jesse Hartman, and Kelly Reichardt. Shown in the 2016 Festival as part of our Kelly Reichardt Retrospective.

River of Grass

1994 US 81 min
Festival Year: 2016
Types: Narrative
Topic: Arts and Environment