Bad Day: Kevin Costner’s Secret Movie Hits the Web

UPDATE: Modi Frank and a special guest will be with us on Movie Night, Firedoglake.com’s  live, interactive typed chat Monday Aug 9 5pm-6:30pm PDT/8pm-9:30pm EDT. Please join in.

Before he danced with wolves, Academy Award winning actor/director Kevin Costner made a never-before-seen movie that’s being released today after nearly 25 years in a vault:  Bad Day, directed by the award-winning rock video director Modi Frank and photographed by punk rock queen, singer, poet and visual artist Exene Cervenka, co-founder of the seminal band X. The duo are releasing the cowboy-themed short  as a digital downloaded for a “you decide” amount. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gulf charities providing aid to both people and the environment. Exene and Modi said:

We are both so proud of Kevin and grateful for all he’s doing to help in the Gulf.

Costner has spent $25 million dollars over the last decade to develop centrifuge clean-up machinery which can mitigate the damage from oil spills. BP bought 32 of the machines marketed by Ocean Therapy Solutions. The centrifuges, which can clean 6 million gallons of oily water a day, separating the oil from water by spinning, will be ready to be deployed by the first week of August, according to John Houghtaling, Costner’s chief partner in the project . The salt water can be returned to the ocean and the oil can be used by industry.

Bad Day–the legendary but unseen until now 20 minute silent film, co-written by Exene and Modi, with a soundtrack by Dave Alvin and DJ Bonebrake–also stars John Doe, Chris (Chris D) Desjardins from the Flesheaters and the Divine Horsemen, and Julie Christensen of Stone Cupid who has also collaborated with Leonard Cohen, artist-photographer Peter Haskell, and Los Angeles poet Doug Knott.

Bad Day is also a collaboration of formats–punk rock and two-reel Western silents, black and white film stock meeting the Internet at a time when digital is the format du jour. The advent of downloading videos provided the perfect format to release Bad Day, allowing this moment of artistic collaboration to reach its target audience. Says Exene:

It was a blast to write, envision and then film.  We have talented friends, all up for a project, and we froze a moment in history. It was one of the best times Modi and I have ever had…We’ve talked about releasing Bad Day over the years, but now with the internet we have control over distribution with digital downloads. We want the world to see it and enjoy.

9 Responses to "Bad Day: Kevin Costner’s Secret Movie Hits the Web"
jsmog | Tuesday July 20, 2010 10:04 am 1

Hi Lisa…
If this is “never before seen” why does it seem so familiar? Back when I was an X/Knitter groupie (!) I could swear I either saw clips of this or heard about it at the time…
Joel


Synoia | Tuesday July 20, 2010 01:10 pm 2

That’s what we expect from Capitalism.

A product that is part of a win-win solution.

Wall St is too focused on win-loose solutions. Such behavior should be regulated and prosecuted out of existence.


ShotoJamf | Tuesday July 20, 2010 01:13 pm 3

So do we know for sure that Costner’s contraption actually works? It would be nice to think it does.


Hannibal | Tuesday July 20, 2010 01:24 pm 4

Interesting way to distribute a movie. Not sure how financially successful it’ll be, but I doubt that’s the point of doing it the way they are.


linda | Tuesday July 20, 2010 01:46 pm 5

costner’s apparently been funding all kinds of contraptions. good on him.


oldnslow | Tuesday July 20, 2010 02:05 pm 6

Thanks, Lisa!


Adam503 | Tuesday July 20, 2010 02:59 pm 7

That’s apparently two years after Costner and Rebecca DeMorney had a bit parts in Testament. Got casted as a couple. Jane Alexander got nominated for an Oscar for that role.

Now you watch Testament and the Costner/DeMornay couple 2 min. walk through is almost startling.


Adam503 | Tuesday July 20, 2010 03:03 pm 8
In response to linda @ 5

Costner’s brother is a scientist and inventor.

His brother is the brains of the outfit, and he’s happy to be in place in life that he has the money to finance his brother technology work.


Adam503 | Tuesday July 20, 2010 03:20 pm 9
In response to Synoia @ 2

This also the part of capitalism that not been allowed to function is this society.

That’s the funny thing. The US is NOT a capitalist economy. It’s a lot closer to the mercantist system of crown protected monopolies. that capitalism was supposed to replace. The crown protected monoplies. Today’s conglomerates take up a similar share of the overall economies. They aren’t quite monopolies, but there aren’t as many European Royal Court as there were then either.

Today’s conglomerates are protected from competition. Pretty much any corporation that’s issued public stock can be forced to sell out to rival. Comglomerates don’t have to invent the new shiny widget. They just wait until some other company invents one, and they do a hostile takeover of “New Shiny Widget, Inc”


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