A sharply perceptive chronicler of the American West, award-winning author Maile Meloy found her cinematic match in independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt, whose work (Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy) shares her contemplative approach to capturing the rhythms of everyday life in that part of the country. A few years ago, the director requested to adapt a handful of Meloy’s short stories, and the result is Certain Women, a quietly haunting film that follows the interlocking stories of three women grappling with the limitations of their small-town surroundings: a lawyer (Laura Dern) dealing with an unstable client, a wife and mother (Michelle Williams) navigating the fraught dynamics of her marriage, and a night-school teacher (Kristen Stewart) who strikes up an ambiguous relationship with a ranch hand (Lily Gladstone). In this excerpt from an interview on our newly released edition of the film, Meloy talks with us about how her childhood experiences in Montana have informed her writing and what it felt like to have her words brought to the screen.
The Hope That Fueled Bowling for Columbine
How much can a film turn the tide on American violence? Michael Moore and archivist Carl Deal reflect on the moral urgency that gave rise to one of the most talked-about documentaries of all time.
Bringing the Grit to Philippine Cinema
For Philippine master Lino Brocka, casting a mix of nonprofessional and professional actors was key to achieving his brand of unvarnished naturalism.
This Kiss: Filming an Intimate Moment in The Virgin Suicides
What goes into staging the perfect on-screen kiss? Director Sofia Coppola and actors Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett look back on shooting a passionate make-out session in The Virgin Suicides.
“Perfect Imperfection”: Neil Young Improvises Dead Man
Jim Jarmusch filmed Neil Young recording the score for his 1995 revisionist western. Watch a bit of the never-released footage here.