“If someone else did it, I would not have to do it. That’s why I make the kind of films I do,” says Larry Clark in opening of a new Nowness short by Matt Black, discussing his recent film Marfa Girl. The film is Clark’s first entirely digital release, as the renegade filmmaker takes another stand against Hollywood bureaucracy.
Clark has always had a rocky relationship with the studio system and MPAA, who were always too small minded to see past the bold, provocative visual aesthetic in his work. Clark gained worldwide notoriety following his first feature Kids, New York centric film about teen skaters, which starred today’s indie regulars like Chloë Sevigny, Harmony Korine, Leo Fitzpatrick and Rosario Dawson.
In line with Clark’s past work, Marfa Girl is focused on a single community in Texas, depicting the culture clash amongst its residents which include Mexican Americans, ranchers, border patrol police and a creative scene established around minimalist artist Donald Judd. The cast consists almost entirely of non actors, adding the genuine appeal the filmmaker/photographer is renowned for.
I don’t do any more Hollywood films, cause they are all crooks. They don’t pay me, I can never get a rating. The MPAA board, which is the censorship board, is run by the studios. You can have Sharon Stone screwing Michael Douglas and stabbing him at the same time and they give it an R. My films, the smaller films they pick on.
Clark has released Marfa Girl exclusively on his website, which can be streamed for $5.99. Talk about sticking it to the man.