A new film trailer features a brief clip of Del Rey covering Daniel Johnston, the underground artist whose simple, heartfelt recordings earned him a cult following starting in the 1980s. One of his most famous fans was Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, who was photographed wearing a T-shirt with one of Johnston’s hand-drawn album covers on it.
Johnston has released dozens of home-recorded tapes, studio recordings, live albums and tribute albums throughout his career. The 54-year-old songwriter was the subject of the 2004 documentary “The Devil And Daniel Johnston,” which looked into his lifelong struggle with mental illness and his remarkable ability to make art from it.
Del Rey’s cover of Johnston’s song “Some Things Last A Long Time” appears in the trailer for a new short film about the iconic artist. Entitled “Hi, How Are You," it’s directed by Gabriel Sunday. In the film, Johnston listens to old spoken-word tape recordings he made when he was younger and enters a “conversation” with his younger self.
Watch the trailer for the short film, which comes out Nov. 11, below.
And listen to Johnston’s original 1990 recording of “Some Things Last A Long Time."