Larry Clark, a film festival favorite, as well as a renowned photographer and independent filmmaker extraordinaire, will see his award-winning slice-of-life drama, Marfa Girl, released (at last) on DVD from Breaking Glass Pictures on June 23.
A limited theatrical release was launched in late March, but no box office tallies have been reported as of yet.
Marfa, Texas is famous, in film lore, as the shooting location for the 1956 film release of Giant, starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. Other than that it is nothing more than a speck on the West Texas map, populated by less than 2,000. Interstate 10 (between El Paso and San Antonio) passes to the north — you literally have go out of your way to get to Marfa.
That’s the symbology that Clark was likely looking for in selecting both the location and the title of his tale about Adam (Adam Mediano), a pot-smoking slacker teen whose only skill in life appears to be skateboarding.
He has other interests, sex, and for a 16-year-old he’s managing to juggle a couple of “relationships” — but that “skill” makes it just a matter of time before someone ends up barefoot and pregnant.
The arrival of the new girl in town (Drake Burnette), an “artist,” who seems more a cross between a sex therapist, a seducer of willing boys and a budding porn starlet, quickly complicates things for Adam … in Marfa, everyone knows what everyone else is doing in no time at all and that means the ever-present U.S. Border Patrol. Conflict, boredom, sex and drugs … like we said, you have to go out of your way to get to Marfa.