Known for understated studies in silence and mood, Kelly Reichardt is one of the brightest stars in the constellation of contemporary American filmmakers. Her work balances formalism with humanity, best evidenced by 2009's Wendy and Lucy, a moving tale of a young woman living at society's fringe that has lost her dog.

Reichardt eschews grand action and complicated plots to better observe the rhythms of modernity that Hollywood makes it a point to neglect. By lingering in dialogue-less scenes, Reichardt asks that the viewer pay a different sort of attention than we're accustomed to. But all of this is saying too much; she'll have enough to say about her own work Friday at the Museum of the Moving Image.

This event kicks-off a weekend of Reichardt screenings, including a screening of her new film, Meek's Cutoff.

An Evening with Kelly Reichardt
Friday, April 1
7 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Tickets $10