Best of 2012: 'Marfa Girl,' starring SA actor, wins top prize at Rome

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Passport problems prevented Jeremy St. James from attending the Rome International Film Festival, where Marfa Girl won top award (jump to 3:34 in the video below).

St. James plays a psychopathic Border Patrol agent who abuses women and bullies Latino boys. Larry Clark, who directed Marfa Girl and gained notoriety for Kids (1995) (a raunchy account of adolescent sex, drugs, and HIV), despises distributors. To avoid them, he is marketing his new film at larryclark.com: $5.99 for 24-hour access. After missing the Rome premiere, St. James can view his performance only on a computer screen.

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The actor, whose day job is waiting tables at Drew’s American Grill, arrived here two years ago by Greyhound from Wisconsin. “I really, really love San Antonio,” he says. “There is so much talent in San Antonio that doesn’t get recognized.” He had to go to Austin to audition for Marfa Girl. Though his experience was limited to a few commercials, St. James landed the part by convincing Clark that, “I’m kind of the same person as Tom.” That person is monstrous, but St. James does not fear being typecast from now on.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be typecast.”

— Steven G. Kellman


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