I was bored, so I played tourist for the day. Hawaiian shirt. Khaki shorts. White socks and even whiter shoes. #sf (at Marin Headlands)
Last year I met a guy who knew a guy who supposedly had genuine invisibility potions for sale. Being the gullible friend and the impulse spender that I am, I bought a couple bottles, not expecting much more than a 5-hour-energy clone and clogged bowels. Long story short, however, while trying to avoid talking to someone about saving the environment outside of Trader Joe’s, I quickly downed a bottle as a defense mechanism and discovered that IT WORKED!!!!!
Anyway, like Darkman’s skin, the effect only lasted a couple of hours, so I knew that if I was going to use the other bottle, it had to be worth it.
Flash forward to March of this year, and while “hiding” in the bushes around the Arclight in Hollywood, I recognized a film director named Joe Lynch taking a piss on my feet. As a fan of his, I didn’t flinch. I just stared. At his urine. And my feet. And I got really nervous. But I didn’t budge. He had no idea I was there, getting drenched. He turned around and started talking to his friends, and I overheard him saying that he finished his latest movie and wanted to show them privately. Based on the simple fact that Joe Lynch’s “TRUTH IN JOURNALISM" short film is one of my favorite shorts ever, I knew I NEEDED to see whatever he was showing his friends. This was a perfect chance to use my last invisibility potion. So I followed Joe. Turns out he wasn’t showing it THAT DAY, so I followed him for a couple weeks, moving from bush to bush. But eventually, it was about to happen. So I gulped down the potion, walked right inside his screening room, practically holding invisible hands with his fellow director-friend Adam Green, and just stood there, invisibly, as Joe Lynch pushed play on the projector. And what I saw was something that I had never seen before: a little film called "EVERLY”.
I escaped Joe’s presence before becoming re-visible, and I went home, beyond satisfied at what I saw, despite not being able to tell anyone what, exactly, I saw. Over the next few days, “EVERLY” stayed with me. I kept replaying scenes in my head. I kept wanting to see it again. I searched for information about it online. I found nothing. Since I couldn’t actually watch “EVERLY” again, I started watching movies that seemed to inspire it. Again, nothing could satisfy me. So, like the infamous man who had seen a demon but was sworn to secrecy, I decided I needed to draw something inspired by it with the hopes that I will feel better. And so I did. And I never showed anyone. It was MY secret. MY curse.
But now, months later, Joe Lynch’s “EVERLY” is about to premiere at Austin’s "FANTASTIC FEST" this Saturday if you like being intrigued, smiling, wincing at extreme violence and cheering at the silver screen in the dark. and I urge you to go see it, whether you are invisible or not.
Here is the poster I made for “EVERLY”, inspired by EVERLYthing I felt while being invisible that day. Thank you Joe, for making me feel all kinds of ways, especially with a Christmas movie.
EVERLY premieres at FANTASTIC FEST this weekend. Go see it.
Love, Alex Pardee
Van surfing / Micheal J Fox / Teen Wolf.