Val

Director: Leo Scott, Ting Poo Run Time: 109 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2021

Starring: Val Kilmer

Country: United States
Language: English

“A film that’s agile and alive — fitting for a portrait of a man who is driven to make art, however he can”

Sheri Linden for The Hollywood Reporter

About the film:

World Premiere at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

Val Kilmer, one of Hollywood’s most mercurial actors, has been documenting his own life and craft through film and video. He has amassed thousands of hours of footage, from home movies made with his brothers, to time spent in iconic roles for blockbuster films. This raw and wildly original documentary reveals a life lived to extremes and a heart-filled look at what it means to be an artist.

About the filmmakers:

Directorial debut for film editors Ting Poo and Leo Scott, who worked alongside Val Kilmer to tell his story after his battle with throat cancer severely limited his ability to speak.

Ting Poo cut Frank Stiefel’s Academy Award-winning short Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 and MTV’s 2008 documentary Britney: For the Record. Her VR projects include Imraan Ismail’s Emmy-nominated VR piece The Displaced and Ismail and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Protectors.

Leo Scott, co-founder of editorial and post production house Cartel, cut Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers and Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, the 2013 ensemble drama that featured Val Kilmer and marked the screen debut of his son, Jack.

The filmmakers started developing the concept for Val in 2018 and eventually partnered with A24 as the first feature in a slate of documentaries and docuseries. Read more here.

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