Kelly Reichardt was born and raised in Miami-Dade Country, Florida to a family of police officers. Had an interest in photography from a very young age. She started by used her father's camera, which he used for photographing crime scenes. Went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In the summer of 2005 Reichardt filmed Old Joy which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Old Joy was the first American film to win the Tiger award at the Rotterdam Film Festival and will open at the Film Forum in New York City. Reichardt's first feature, River of Glass, a sun-drenched noir shot in her home town of Dade County, was cited as "one of the best films of 1995" by the Boston Globe, Village Voice, Film Comment, the New York Daily News, Paper Magazine and the San Francisco Guardian.