Over the summer, The Playlist reported on what sounded like a deeply weird new project from Harmony Korine, courtesy of star Val Kilmer’s Tumblr. As a reminder:
I am about to create an experimental film with Harmony Korine here in Nashville, where we are rehearsing and where we will film on the 11th of August in a roller skating rink. I will be playing Hector. Harmony says of the character, “I don’t know if he’s ‘crazy’ – I don’t know if I know what that word means anymore… He’s the WORST motivational speaker on earth. That’s for sure.” We went last night to visit Dan Auerbach and friends, of BLACK KEYS fame. He was recording a beautiful woman’s record, but I didn’t catch her name. We soaked up the soul- but not even NASHVILLE’S finest can save HECTOR- motivational speaker sponsored by the -LOTUS COMMUNITY CENTER- (the current title, for our experimental film).
Harmony and I met a couple of years ago in New York with his lovely wife Rachel, and have been talking about a project ever since. This looney monologue is the first opportunity that materialized.
Well, things have since gotten weirder. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:
* It’s an international project, funded by Grolsch FilmWorks.
* It’s a chapter film, with US, Russian and Polish chapters all with local directors and cast members. (Korine, of course, is directing the US chapter with Val as the star.)
* It’s being overseen, as it were, by a Dogma-ish creative brief from the film’s producer, VICE Films head Eddy Moretti.
Among the brief’s tenets:
This film must be the best film you have ever made.
You must forget everything you know.
This film has to have real life.
It has to have more real life than anything else you have ever made.
It needs to stop people from going about their day.
It should blur the line between what is real and what is fake.
We must never know the truth.
We need to be shown things we have never been shown before.
We need to see things that are secret to most.
We need to go places that we may not have been before.
We need privy and access to an unknown culture.
You need to take us to a different world, an unknown world.
You cannot be afraid.
All righty, then! For the complete marching orders, see below.