A young filmmaker has adapted Tom Drury’s New Yorker short story, “Path Lights“–an excellent combination of Raymond Carver prose, hardboiled private detectives, and metafictional tricks.
The film will first screen through the David Lynch Foundation, a nonprofit founded by the Twin Peaks and Eraserhead director to support arts and meditation. The film will debut on the foundation’s website on Dec. 2. The short film was directed by Zachary Sluser, and the cast includes John Hawkes and Xander Berkeley.
Here’s an excerpt from the original story: “One day, a bottle almost hits us. It’s a brown quart bottle that falls out of the sky. We are in the arroyo, the dogs and me, walking … I think of the pilot tossing a Coke bottle from a plane in the movie ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy.’ But, as a detective once told me, ‘Most of the time, we find that the thing that probably happened? Is the thing that did happen.'” UPDATE: This post was corrected to fix an erroneous statement about the film’s financing.