Oscilloscope Laboratories has joined a Kickstarter campaign to digitally restore “River of Grass,” the rarely seen 1994 debut feature by Kelly Reichardt.
The film was nominated for the grand jury prize and best debut feature prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, then nominated for bes firs feature, best first screenplay and best debut performance for Lisa Bowman at the Independent Spirit Awards.
The campaign launched Wednesday and will run for 30 days with a goal of $20,000.
“River of Grass” was shot on 16 mm color film in 4×3 aspect ratio. Oscilloscope, along with Sundance Collection at UCLA, will restore and remaster the film in high quality digital 2k and release it on digital platforms and on DVD.
From this 2K version, Oscilloscope will also create a DCP (digital print) for theaters and film festivals to exhibit to audiences.
“River of Grass” brought the writer-director back to the setting of her adolescence, the suburban landscape of southern Florida where she grew up with her detective father and narcotics agent mother. The story follows the misadventures of a disaffected housewife, played by newcomer Lisa Bowman, and the aimless layabout played by up-and-comer Larry Fessenden, who also acted as a producer and the film’s editor.
Reichardt described the movie as “a road movie without the road, a love story without the love, and a crime story without the crime.”
Oscilloscope, which was founded in 2008, released two of Reichardt’s films — “Wendy and Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff.”