Meek's Cutoff Film Screening

Join the Center for Creative Photography and the Hanson Film TV Institute for a new series featuring independent female directors!

The third film in the series is 2011's Meek's Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt. The screening will also feature guest speaker Anna Cooper, Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies.

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the 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 must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other'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 the natural enemy. Oscilloscope

This film is presented with support from the University of Arizona Department of Gender and Women's Studies