The directorial equivalent of that creepy guy at your family reunion is back! Although some of his work has generated dicsussion to this day, Larry Clark hasn’t made a standalone film since 2006’s little-seen Wassup Rockers, and his public profile — something that was never all too high to begin with — has been reduced to virtually nothing. To put it simply: the guy disappeared.
But MK2 (via ThePlaylist) spoke with documentarians Gérard Lacroix and Pierre-Paul Puljiz, both of whom revealed that they’ve been in communication with the director and, as of right now, are trying to generate some life on his next project, entitled The Smell of Us. It’s not very hard to determine what such a smell might be — well, maybe what the specific… no, that’s too much — but, other than some problems with making the project “uncensored,” any other information is not available. (Whatever idea the movie may be working from, it came from Mathieu Landais, a poet who Clark engaged with at a party.)
There is a project we know more about, however. ThePlaylist dug up an article from the Texas-based site BigBendNow, who learned that he’ll be shooting a new film in the state’s small town of Marfa; the film’s titled Marfa Girl. With a cast comprised of locals, the film will tell the “coming-of-age story [of] a Marfa kid,” played by Adam Mediano, while we can also expect to see “a young artist woman who comes to Marfa for the burgeoning art community, and three Border Patrol agents,” one of whom will act as the villain.
Marfa Girl will focus on “people’s internal life and maybe hints of why people become who they become,” as well as “being young and just observing the world.” A press release was somewhat more descriptive, informing us that things also center on “the co-existence and clash of the multi-cultural community living in a small border town.” Topics being tackled include “immigration, teen pregnancy, moral and religious conflicts and the socioeconomic effects on youth in small town America.”
That, quite clearly, won’t be getting a good deal of mainstream attention, but Clark has never been one to concern himself with wide exposure — or appeasing those that may be offended — anyway. And, even though his work might be ultimately off-putting to yours truly, I can’t fault the guy for sticking with his gut. Distributors and financiers are a different story.
Are you happy to hear of Clark’s resurrection? How do Smell and Marfa strike you?