Kelly Reichardt: FIRST COW (2020) - Theatrical Screening: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Kelly Reichardt: FIRST COW (2020) - Theatrical Screening

Two men dressed in frontiersmen clothing stand side by side in a vegetated setting
First Cow (2020) courtesy of A24
1 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat October 16, 2021
1 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


First Cow

Kelly Reichardt, 2020, 122 min, DCP Digital

Set among the fur trappers, immigrants, and entrepreneurs of a fledgling Oregon settlement in the 1820s, Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow observes the casualties of capitalism through a tender tale of friendship. Cookie (John Magaro) and King-Lu (Orion Lee) are outsiders seeking fortune in a nascent colonial society; as their paths cross and a companionship forms, they create a business around Cookie’s knack for baking. With a secret recipe that depends on milk stolen from a wealthy Englishman’s cow, Cookie and King-Lu’s enterprise grows more precarious with success. For Reichardt, First Cow is about “the very beginning of the story of commerce, before America is really even America.”

First Cow made available courtesy of A24




About the series:

Saturday Cinema: Highlights and Hangouts

To celebrate Block Cinema’s return to in-person programs, this series of Saturday screenings gathers some of our favorite new films and revival discoveries of 2020. The rich colors and nuanced sound design of films like The Inheritance and małni—towards the ocean, towards the shore translated well enough to virtual cinemas during the pandemic, but deserve to be experienced on the big screen. While formally and thematically distinct, each of the films in our Saturday Cinema series might be called a “hangout” film, depicting the shared joys (and frustrations) of living, working, and wandering together. Come hang out with us!

Health and Safety Guidelines

Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events and museum visitation. All visitors must follow the Northwestern University COVID-19 Guidelines, which are in place at the time of visitation, including masking within the galleries and auditorium.

We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation or cancelation.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at