Richard Hell grew up in Kentucky. At 17 he dropped out of high school and came to New York to be a poet. In the early ’70s he formed the band the Neon Boys with his high school friend Tom Verlaine, which evolved into Television in 1974. After a year Richard left that bunch and started the Heartbreakers with former New York Dolls Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan. Hell departed the Heartbreakers in 1976 to found Richard Hell and the Voidoids, whose 1977 album Blank Generation is one of the landmarks of “punk.” The Voidoids would make one more album, Destiny Street (1982), before Hell retired from music. Soon after, Hell became a professional writer, author of the novels Go Now (1996) and Godlike (2005), and the collection of lyrics, essays, notebooks, drawings, etc., Hot and Cold (2001), as well as a contributor of essays, reportage, and fiction to such publications as Spin, GQ, Esquire, Purple, The Village Voice, Vice, Bookforum, Art in America, The New York Times, and The New York Times Book Review. From 2004 to 2006 he was the film critic for BlackBook magazine. His most recent book is the acclaimed autobiography, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp (2013).
American landscapes and narratives of the road are themes that run throughout Kelly Reichardt’s five feature films: River of Grass (Strand Releasing, 1994), Old Joy (Kino International, 2006), Wendy and Lucy (Oscilloscope Pictures, 2008), Meek’s Cutoff (Oscilloscope Pictures, 2010) and Night Moves (Cinedigm, 2013); and the short narrative Ode (1999). Grants: United States Artists Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was a Woman Award, Renew Media Fellowship. Screenings: Whitney Biennial (2012), Film Forum, Cannes Film Festival in “un certain regard,” Venice International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival. Retrospectives: Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Museum of the Moving Image, Walker Art Center, American Cinematheque Los Angeles. Has taught at School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, New York University and is currently an artist-in-residence at Bard College.