Stream Larry Clark's New Film, 'Marfa Girl'
Plus watch his NOWNESS interview.
Larry Clark of Kids and Ken Park fame premiered his latest release Marfa Girl at the Rome Film Festival, winning Best Film. The film takes Texan town Marfa as its setting, which has a population just shy of 2000 people. Located near the Mexican border, Marfa's demographic is made up of Hispanics, middle-class Anglo-Saxons and — because sculptor Donald Judd relocated there from New York in the 70s — artists. It is within this environment that Larry paints a poignant picture of adolescence and the American Dream, as he is one to do.
The film sees a mix of local teenagers act alongside professionals, allowing for a renewed sense of naturalism. Drake Burnette, who plays Marfa Girl, told Bleach, "I spent the most time with the local boys whom I grew to deeply adore. They brought light and laughter to long shoot days, and I identified the most with them as they were also non-actors. So when we were shooting scenes, it quickly felt very natural, just like talking to a friend."
Marfa Girl won't be released in theaters or on DVD though. Instead, it is streaming online now at larryclark.com/marfagirl. Paying $5.99 will allow you to have access to the film for 24 hours.
"This is the future and the future is now. Most and very soon almost all the small theaters that show indie and art films will be gone," Larry writes on his website. "Everyday another goes out of business because everything is digital now and it is quite expensive for the wonderful old smaller theaters to bear the cost of switching to digital. Anyway, I think I am one of the very first directors to release a new film this way, on a website who's only purpose is to show his new films. I think this could be very successful and it also cuts out the crooked Hollywood distributors," he says.
Watch the trailer below:
The director is also featured on NOWNESS where he talks about Marfa Girl."My films seem to always be about small groups of people who live in America that you wouldn't know about if I didn't make the film," he explains.