Meek's Cutoff


1h 44m 2010
Meek's Cutoff

Brief Synopsis

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the d

Film Details

Also Known As
OmUdt
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Historical
Period
Western
Release Date
2010
Production Company
A-List Animals ; Alex+s In-The-Kitchen, Inc. ; Cinetic Media ; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group ; Film Science ; Frenchy'S Catering ; Next Element ; Sample Digital, Inc. ; Wildfire Sonic Magic
Distribution Company
KINOSMITH/OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURES; Eye International ; Kinosmith ; Kinosmith ; Oscilloscope Pictures ; Oscilloscope Pictures ; Peripher Filmverleih ; Pretty Pictures ; Thunderbird Releasing
Location
Burns, Oregon, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Synopsis

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as a natural born enemy.

Crew

George Adams

Assistant Production Coordinator

Felix Andrew

Sound Mixer

Linda Andrews

Makeup

Nick Van Atta

Chef

Sotirios Bakouros

Apprentice

Arpita Banker

Production Accountant

Morgan Bateman

Animal Trainer

Gordon Bell

Assistant Editor

Gordon Bell

Script Supervisor

Javier Bennassar

Supervising Sound Editor

Christopher Blauvelt

Director Of Photography

Mike Brantley

Studio Teacher

Michael Brophy

Storyboard Artist

M E Buckner

Consultant

Joan Burnside

Interpreter

Barbara Carr

Other

Chris Carroll

Assistant Director

Ryan Collins

Assistant Sound Editor

Brett J Cranford

Unit Production Manager

Donnie Creighton

Film Lab

Rives Curtright

Production Assistant

Elizabeth Cuthrell

Producer

Scott Davis

Animal Trainer

Sarah Devere

Office Production Assistant

David Doernberg

Production Designer

Brian Duffy

Stunts

Brad Dunten

Instructor

Kyle Eaton

Assistant Director

Dave Eggar

Music Producer

Greta Emang

Medic

Rosario Estrella

Apprentice

Roger Faires

Location Coordinator

Victoria Farrell

Titles

Victoria Farrell

Costume Designer

Maribeth Fox

Casting Associate

Maribeth Fox

Casting

Seth Franklin

Production Assistant

Evan Franulovich

Production Assistant

Sam Gaty

Production Assistant

Jeff Grace

Music

Jeff Grace

Music Producer

Nicole Hawkins

Production Accountant

Todd Haynes

Executive Producer

Ellen Heuer

Foley Artist

Eric Hill

Consultant

Eric Hill

Still Photographer

Simon Max Hill

Still Photographer

Mark Jarrett

Location Assistant

Matt Jay

Production Assistant

Michael P Jones

Consultant

David Kennedy

Hair

Grace Ryung Kim

Tailor

Paul Kohler

Location Assistant

Neil Kopp

Producer

Rose Leiker

Assistant Director

Rosen Lewis

Legal Services

Timothy Limer

Sound Mixer

Khristian Lupo

Stunts

Stephen Macdougall

Assistant Camera

Marlene Mccarty

Titles

Guthrie Mccarty-vachon

Main Title Design

Jason Mccormick

Assistant Camera

Kalen Mendenhall

Apprentice

Kyle Metzger

Swing

Kellen Molica

Apprentice

Tanya Moreau-smith

Production Coordinator

Mike Morris

Animal Trainer

Phil Morrison

Executive Producer

Michael D Most

Colorist

Matt O'connor

Assistant Director

Kristen Parr

Interpreter

David Parson

Production Assistant

John Parson

Production Assistant

Paul Parson

Apprentice

Jon Pehlke

Film Lab

Efrem Peter

Gaffer

Eliza Plumlee

Assistant Camera

Andrew Pope

Executive Producer

Josh Rappaport

Post-Production Supervisor

Jonathan Raymond

Screenplay

Kelly Reichardt

Editor

Josh Reinhardt

Foley Mixer

Jason Rodriguez

Stunt Coordinator

Lance Rosen

Legal Services

Laura Rosenthal

Executive Producer

Laura Rosenthal

Casting

Madison Rowley

Apprentice

Jason Ruffolo

On-Set Dresser

Joe Rynearson

On-Set Dresser

Tim Safarik

Dailies

Vincent Savino

Coproducer

Anish Savjani

Producer

Rajen Savjani

Executive Producer

Greg Schmitt

Steadicam Operator

Matt Semchee

Key Grip

Leslie Shatz

Sound Design

Leslie Shatz

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Erin Shelley

Animal Trainer

Brian Shotzbarger

Key Grip

Alison Smith

Animal Trainer

Cody M Smith

Animal Trainer

Diana C Smith

Animal Trainer

Jamespatrick Smith

Makeup Artist

Kate Smith

On-Set Dresser

Nate Smith

Assistant Property Master

Ryan Smith

Property Master

Chris Strauser

Assistant Camera

Sara Suffriti

Chef

Savannah Teller-brown

Loader

Scott Tuning

Medic

Steven Tuttleman

Executive Producer

Kat Uhlmansiek

Art Director

David Urrutia

Producer

Tomas Vengris

Assistant Editor

Corey Walters

Still Photographer

David Waters

Film Lab

Greg Wick

Swing

Arly Williams

Apprentice

Leo Won

Makeup

Film Details

Also Known As
OmUdt
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Historical
Period
Western
Release Date
2010
Production Company
A-List Animals ; Alex+s In-The-Kitchen, Inc. ; Cinetic Media ; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group ; Film Science ; Frenchy'S Catering ; Next Element ; Sample Digital, Inc. ; Wildfire Sonic Magic
Distribution Company
KINOSMITH/OSCILLOSCOPE PICTURES; Eye International ; Kinosmith ; Kinosmith ; Oscilloscope Pictures ; Oscilloscope Pictures ; Peripher Filmverleih ; Pretty Pictures ; Thunderbird Releasing
Location
Burns, Oregon, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Articles

Meek’s Cutoff


Survivalist Western Meek’s Cutoff (2010) is loosely based on the real-life story of a treacherous journey along the Oregon Trail. Bruce Greenwood stars as Stephen Meek, a guide in charge of leading a group of pioneers through the barren landscape to settle in a distant valley. It quickly becomes clear that Meek has led them astray. Driven by a combination of thirst and desperation, one of the women, Emily Tetherow (Michelle Williams), discovers her agency as she guides the group to follow a lone native (Rod Rondeaux) in their search for water. Meek’s Cutoff has all the trademarks of director Kelly Reichardt’s filmmaking style. This brilliant example of slow cinema is quiet, atmospheric and minimalist. Reichardt is drawn to stories that include feminist themes, avoid clean cut endings, focus on characters who find themselves in hostile environments and are often set in the Pacific Northwest. The film was shot on location in Oregon and to prepare for their roles the cast spent a week in pioneer camp. Reichardt was inspired to make Meek’s Cutoff as a subversive political statement about the Iraq War. In an interview she said, “here was the story of this braggart leading a bunch of people into the desert without a plan and becoming completely reliant on the locals who are socially different from him and who he is suspicious of. All of which seemed relevant to the moment.” The screenplay was written by Jon Raymond, a frequent collaborator of Reichardt’s. Raymond and Reichardt developed a strong creative relationship with Reichardt saying “I think that having the foundation of good writing made the filmmaking so much stronger.” This is also the second of four films Reichardt made with actress Michelle Williams. Meek’s Cutoff had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2010 followed by a successful run on the festival circuit, which included screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance. New York Times critic A.O. Scott called the film “a bracingly original foray into territory that remains, in every sense, unsettled,” and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it a “gaunt, mysterious and superbly calibrated movie.”

by Raquel Stecher

Meek’S Cutoff

Meek’s Cutoff

Survivalist Western Meek’s Cutoff (2010) is loosely based on the real-life story of a treacherous journey along the Oregon Trail. Bruce Greenwood stars as Stephen Meek, a guide in charge of leading a group of pioneers through the barren landscape to settle in a distant valley. It quickly becomes clear that Meek has led them astray. Driven by a combination of thirst and desperation, one of the women, Emily Tetherow (Michelle Williams), discovers her agency as she guides the group to follow a lone native (Rod Rondeaux) in their search for water. Meek’s Cutoff has all the trademarks of director Kelly Reichardt’s filmmaking style. This brilliant example of slow cinema is quiet, atmospheric and minimalist. Reichardt is drawn to stories that include feminist themes, avoid clean cut endings, focus on characters who find themselves in hostile environments and are often set in the Pacific Northwest. The film was shot on location in Oregon and to prepare for their roles the cast spent a week in pioneer camp. Reichardt was inspired to make Meek’s Cutoff as a subversive political statement about the Iraq War. In an interview she said, “here was the story of this braggart leading a bunch of people into the desert without a plan and becoming completely reliant on the locals who are socially different from him and who he is suspicious of. All of which seemed relevant to the moment.” The screenplay was written by Jon Raymond, a frequent collaborator of Reichardt’s. Raymond and Reichardt developed a strong creative relationship with Reichardt saying “I think that having the foundation of good writing made the filmmaking so much stronger.” This is also the second of four films Reichardt made with actress Michelle Williams. Meek’s Cutoff had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2010 followed by a successful run on the festival circuit, which included screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance. New York Times critic A.O. Scott called the film “a bracingly original foray into territory that remains, in every sense, unsettled,” and Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it a “gaunt, mysterious and superbly calibrated movie.”by Raquel Stecher

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Miscellaneous Notes

Limited Release in United States Spring April 8, 2011

Released in United States on Video September 13, 2011

Released in United States 2010

Limited Release in United States Spring April 8, 2011 (New York City)

Released in United States on Video September 13, 2011

Released in United States 2010 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 14-October 10, 2010.)

Released in United States 2011 (Spotlight)

Released in United States 2011

Released in United States 2011 (World Cinema)