Marfa Girl

The youth's cinematic poet-provocateur talks us through his boundary-pushing new project

Image by Morgan Jenkins

Larry Clark is best known for subverting the norms of cinema, and the production and distribution of his latest film Marfa Girl, is no different. Becoming a household name after the release of KIDS, where a group of adolescents took the stage to play out the dark and comic story line of sexual disease, coming of age, and kids just trying to get laid, Larry Clark has made the decision to show his latest film exclusively online. Just as the relationship between musicians and record stores has had to change, following the birth of downloads, Clark has cut the cord with cinema theatres. Stating that most people in the current generation watch films exclusively on their laptops, he explains to us why he didn't see a place for his movie on the big screen. With a long career in underground and independent cinema, Larry Clark shows that even at 69, he is keeping pace with an ever changing medium of film. Here he describes why his latest flick is better suited for smaller screens and explains to us how he found his Marfa Girl.

Larry Clark : "Marfa Girl will only be seen exclusively forever on larryclark.com starting November 20th.  larryclark.com is my first and only website.  I was casting the role of "Marfa Girl" and while searching for the right girl, who I had thought I had found through an agency in Austin, I kept getting bugged by my old friend, Jim Lewis, who said he knew this Texas girl, Kaylan, who  would be perfect for the part.  I said, "sure sure," and didn't really pay it much mind because Kaylan was in Louisiana at the time and I thought that she was just some girl Jim wanted to fuck.  But he kept calling and texting me about her for weeks, until I finally said "ok, how do I get a hold of her? I'll take a look at her."  During my last phone call with Jim, he said "look, this girl is going to be perfect for the part, and I'm not telling you this because I wanna fuck her," so I of course I thought he wants to fuck her, but I called her anyway.  We agreed to Skype at a certain time. I liked her immediately. I told her exactly what I wanted her to do, I told her exactly what the role was, and what I expected of her - she has to be comfortable and really look comfortable with the nudity.  She had to be comfortable with her body, otherwise it wouldn't work.  We ended up skyping for 4 hours and at the end I was so impressed with her that I asked her to immediately come to Marfa.  She and a friend drove straight from Shreveport, I think, and… she is the "Marfa Girl."  She was incredible, she was extraordinary and did everything I asked of her and more.  I decided to put out my new film only on larryclark.com because the art theaters are disappearing, I can never get a rating, and everyone I know under the age of 35 watches all of their media on their computer, so, why no just go straight to the people and cut out all of the hollywood distributors and crooks.  This is the future and the future is now.  But I still wonder if all of their happened because Jim wanted to fuck her…"

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