The new Amazon TV show by Jill Solloway is based in Marfa, so naturally, the crew descended into town to film the pilot earlier this year and then filmed more episodes in December. Below is my coverage for the show.
Major TV pilot set to film in Marfa
Originally published on May 26, 2016
MARFA – Six degrees of Kevin Bacon is about to hit closer to home as the actor will star in a television pilot to be filmed in Marfa in the coming weeks.
Pre-production is currently underway for Emmy-winning director Jill Soloway’s new TV project based on the Chris Kraus novel, “I Love Dick.” The novel tells the story of a protagonist, also named Chris, and her obsession – shared through letters – with a well-known theorist named Dick.
As Chris navigates through her marriage to Sylvère, her work, and Dick, the 1997 novel is what poet Eileen Myles writes in the foreword as a “remarkable study in female abjection.”
North Highland Avenue backdrop for TV show
Originally published on June 9, 2016
MARFA – As I looked around the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel front office on Friday, with a video monitor and influx of crew inside, I blurted out, “I think this is the most people we’ve ever had in here.”
Even on our busiest days, which are typically Wednesdays, there are usually no more than seven people in the office at a time, but the “I Love Dick” crew commandeered our office as they shot a scene for the Amazon TV pilot. Lucky for me, the crew thought my comment was amusing.
Made-in-Marfa TV show premieres Friday
Originally published on August 18, 2016
MARFA – The TV pilot filmed in Marfa this summer will premiere Friday on Amazon Video. “I Love Dick,” starring Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn and Griffin Dunne, will stream online starting at 8am for all Amazon customers and not exclusively to Amazon Prime members.
The show, based on Chris Kraus’ 1997 novel, tells the story of Chris, played by Hahn, and her obsession with a professor named Dick, starring Bacon. She navigates between Dick, her work, and her marriage to Sylvère, played by Dunne.
Rather than Southern California where the novel primarily takes place, the comedy unfolds in Marfa. Our town in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert guides the story along as Chris adjusts to small town living and learns to embrace the remoteness for her self-discovery as with many other real-life transplants to town.
Sarah's review: Not everyone loves Dick
Originally published on August 25, 2016
MARFA – The critics have spoken. You either love Dick or you really hate him.
Emmy-winning director Jill Soloway’s new TV pilot, “I Love Dick,” premiered last week on Amazon Video with many local and past residents logging in to see Marfa on the computer or TV screen.
An hour and a half after the scheduled Friday morning release, the episode had almost 100 reviews. Now with a little over 2,600 reviews, the show has 3.1-star rating out of five stars. The split is between the lowest rating (one star) and the highest (five stars).