“Marfa Girl,” the latest Larry Clark film which won the top prize the Rome Film Festival, will not be watchable in America’s theaters or be released on DVD, according to an announcement found on the filmmaker’s site. Clark decided on a kind of virtual four-walling of this new feature film, bypassing traditional distribution schemes entirely and showing his new film exclusively on his site tonight.
Clark, who’s nearly 70, told the press during a press conference in Rome, “if everyone watches movies on their computer, downloads TV shows and spends their life on YouTube, if young people spend their time in front of their computers organizing parties and flirting with girls, then you have to go to them and offer your movies online.”
“Marfa Girl” was shot in a small town in southwestern Texas that will be familiar to the contemporary art collectors and hipsters who flock to the Donald Judd Foundation located there. For “Marfa Girl” Clark cast non-professional actors plucked locally and further explores his preferred theme, the ravages of adolescence, as well as racial prejudice. This is the first of three films, Clark unveiling this new trilogy during the Rome Festival.
“Marfa Girl” will be available for viewing tonight at 6 pm E.S.T. via the director’s site (visit the site here).