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FOUR BOYS IN A VOLVO (1996) – Short Film of the Day

Hey look! The Short of the Day is back!! Got a few weeks off over the Christmas period, so I am looking to start this feature up again, mainly to keep myself occupied. I have my Vimeo & YouTube queue all lined up and ready to go.

Got a rare one to share with you all today, FOUR BOYS IN A VOLVO by Gus Van Sant.

Shot in 1996 as part of a Levi jeans commercial, Van Sant and much-missed cinematographer Harris Savides took the material shot and separatley made a short film from it. It is also worth saying that they were given complete freedom, but is an indicator of where Van Sant and Savides would go with the ‘Death Trilogy’. This is their first collaboration, pre-dating GERRY (2002) by 6 years.

These young men are searching for freedom, for an escape. The landscapes and colour are ethereal, the natural light is somehow dreamy.

As far as I can tell, apart from being made available on Le Cinema Club back in 2018, this Vimeo link is the only available rip of the short online. Enjoy.

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  1. We had So much fun Shooting this pice in the Red Hot desert outside of Los Vegas!
    From Ken and his Roller blades to speeding in Santiago Miata!!
    Four young Men working with a group of Amazing Professionals!
    All of us on set seemed to be having the Time of our lives laughing joking taking about life and sharing our dreams!!
    Truly appreciate I was involved.
    For myself it was completely a Magical experience!!
    Thank you Gus for inviting me to the open call as we sat and talked eating whippits @ Great full Dead in Portland Or. LOL
    I still have some behind the seen footage of us partying in the hotel and Jo and I talking to a Camel!!
    Holy Shit! That was one Hell of a Week!! (>_<)
    Much Love!
    Thanks for the trip down memory Lane!!

    -Danny Leon Aka the Boy talking in the back seat!!


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