Meek’s Cutoff (2010)
Film and Television

What Is a Western? Film Series: Meek’s Cutoff (2010)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

About the Event

Selected by guest curators Robin Murray and Joseph Heumann, the January/February films consider the importance of water in the arid West. Murray and Heumann are the authors of Gunfight at the Eco-Corral: Western Cinema and the Environment and a number of other studies of ecocinema.

Meek’s Cutoff explores the desperation three pioneer families endure when they find themselves lost and without water in Oregon’s high plains desert. The movie tells the story of a search for fertile land in the West but also highlights alternative perspectives on the environment. Only the lone Native American (Rod Rondeaux) they capture can adapt the hellish desert they traverse into a home.

Directed by Kelly Reichardt | Starring Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, and Paul Dano