Have you ever seen American Boy, Martin Scorsese’s obscure nonfiction portrait of his friend, actor Steven Prince? It’s practically disappeared from any official outlets and I watched it late one night thanks to video collector (and SXSW prorgammer) Charlie Sotelo. American Boy is a dark and riveting depiction of Prince as he shares stories (are they true?) from his lifetime. There’s even a pivotal, gripping story he tells that almost word-for-word wound up as a legendary sequence in Pulp Fiction. I’d heard tales around Austin about Steven Prince, and I knew Tommy Pallotta was fascinated by the man. What I didn’t know, until a few months ago, is that Tommy made a documentary with Prince that is an update on American Boy. I can’t wait to see it. Maybe it will appeal to the smallest segment of film geeks, but that’s okay by me. Harry Knowles recently wrote about the new film, entitled American Prince, and the unexpected ways it struck him. American Prince premieres at SXSW.
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