A little over a month ago, fellow MOSHERY writer and Truman State University graduate Corinne Pachl wrote an article about Shia LaBeouf’s new project TAKE ME ANYWHERE, during which the actor would post his coordinates and have anyone come pick him up to you know, take him anywhere.
Just a week before Corinne’s article was posted, Shia ended up in Kansas City, MO and Lee’s Summit, MO, which is a suburb of KC and where I live. Shia’s an interesting dude, and to think I barely missed seeing him at the Jack Stack Barbeque in my hometown is killer. However, a new video has popped up on the Interwebz not from Shia, but from the two guys who took him to my hometown. You can watch it below.
Although Shia and my hometown only make an appearance in the video towards the end (when they get to KC, it’s raining. Typical.), the video is actually a neat little buddy road trip short film between the two guys who drove over 1,000 miles to try and pick up Shia, Hank and Scott. I know Shia gets a lot of heat in the media for his weird art projects like this, but there’s something that Scott says at the end of the video that I think is the point of what Shia is trying to do:
“At some point, I just lost the desire to film,” Scott narrates at the end of his film. “It started to feel less like something I wanted to document and more like something I just wanted to enjoy. Something really interesting happens when you put five strangers in a car and have them go on the road together for two days. I can’t really explain what it is, but it’s not something you can show in a video.”
This sentiment is something I think Shia really understands about his audience. If you remember last fall, Shia conducted another one of his art projects where he sat in a theater and live streamed himself watching all of his movies. This sounds a bit conceited at first thought, but if you stop and think about it, what that whole thing really was was a chance for people to go sit in a theater and watch some movies together for free. This is what the movie theater going experience is all about, and I can’t help but think Shia understands this. Shia’s last two projects have him involved, but it’s the audience, the people that he meets along the way I feel are at the center of his projects.
Watch the video. I can’t wait to see what Shia has planned next.
Katey is a writer and film and television critic. She maintains Mad Max: Fury Road is the best movie of the past decade, and definitely deserved Best Picture at the Oscars. Follow her on Twitter, where her Twitter bio says she live tweets her progress of “The X-Files,” but that hasn’t actually happened in a really long time. Follow her anyway. It’ll be a laugh, probably.