Friday Love…Larry Clark’s Marfa Girl
By Gemma Riberti

Director and forefather of the “documentary film aesthetic”, Larry Clark returns to our screens with a new feature film Marfa Girl, which is available to stream exclusively online.

Nov 23, 2012
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Director and forefather of the documentary film aesthetic, Larry Clark returns to our screens with Marfa Girl, a new feature film streaming exclusively online now.

Marfa Girl, which won Best Film at the recent 2012 Rome Film Festival, follows the hostile story between local, young teenagers and the police in a small border town in Texas. In Clark’s signature style, Marfa Girl touches upon themes of drug abuse, raw adolescence, and sexuality in Middle America.

Clark is widely known for his gritty portrayal of youth subcultures, which can be seen in iconic films including Kids and Ken Park, as well as his famous and controversial Tulsa photography book. His body of purposefully coarse work has heavily influenced generations of designers and artists.

For his first release in seven years, Clark has forgone the route of a traditional cinema release and opted instead to stream Marfa Girl exclusively online only for the cost of a standard movie rental download.

In a recent interview with Filmmaker Magazine he explained, “I decided to get rid of the middlemen, producers, and the like. The Internet is happening; people make a video and it gets a million hits, so let’s do it.”

It’s exciting to see a creative heavyweight such as Larry Clark joining in with the “do it yourself” trend, which is being led by creative crowd-sourcing platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. After the advent of independent, online-only publications, this project hints at a future of independently published online film.

Watch the enigmatic Clark as he explains more on the making of Marfa Girl on Nowness.


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