What would you say if you were granted an interview with your younger self? That’s exactly the premise of Hi, How Are You Daniel Johnston?, a new film starring lo-fi folk hero Daniel Johnston. Director Gabriel Sunday’s psychedelic short sees Johnson speaking to his 1983 self amidst the creation of his seminal album Hi, How Are You.
The film has been in the works since at least 2013, when Sunday launched a Kickstarter campaign that received upwards of $57,000. A significant part of the film’s funding came from Lana Del Rey, a noted fan of Johnston’s and now an executive producer on the film bearing his name.
But Del Rey has contributed more than money to this project. The film’s trailer showcases a snippet of her haunting, beautiful cover of Johnston’s 1990 single “Some Things Last a Long Time”.
Update – Tuesday, November 10th: The full recording of Del Rey’s cover has surfaced. Listen below.
How Are You Daniel Johnston? will be available on-demand beginning November 13th. The plot synopsis reads, “Iconic musician/artist Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an aging artist coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear. Step inside Daniel’s mind as he revisits life in 1983 amidst the creation of his seminal album Hi, How Are You. Reality and fiction blend as Daniel reveals bitter-sweet truths, tales of unrequited love and advice for artists everywhere… Appearing in the film is musician/actress Soko as Daniel’s long-lost love, Laurie. The film includes original animation based on Daniel’s iconic character, Jeremiah, animated and voiced by The Brothers McLeod.