Introducing Harmony Korine
Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and author. He is best known for writing Kids, and for directing Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy and Mister Lonely. His film Trash Humpers premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and won the main prize, the DOX Award, at CPH:DOX in November 2009.
Korine’s most recent feature film, Spring Breakers, starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine, shot in Florida in early 2012, and received its world premiere at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival, going on to the Toronto International Film Festival.
Korine was born in Bolinas, California to Eve and Sol Korine and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He is Jewish. Sol produced documentaries for PBS in the 1970s about an “array of colourful Southern characters” and taught Korine how to use a Bolex camera.
Korine wrote Kids, a film about 24 hours in the sex and drug filled lives of several Manhattan teenagers that has been touted as a realistic viewpoint of youth in New York City during the AIDS crisis. Kids garnered mixed reviews, but due to its NC-17 rating, few audiences actually saw the film upon its debut. However, it has since become a significant cult film.
Gummo premiered at the 24th Telluride Film Festival on August 29, 1997. During the screening, numerous people got up and left during the initial cat drowning sequence.
In 1998, Korine released The Diary of Anne Frank Pt II, a 40-minute three-screen collage featuring a boy burying his dog, kids in satanic dress vomiting on a Bible, and a man in black-face dancing and singing “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean”.
In 2000 The Devil, The Sinner, and His Journey premiered, which featured Korine in blackface as O.J. Simpson and the actor Johnny Depp as Kato Kaelin.
He first met his wife Rachel, a 17-year-old from Nashville, around this time.
Mister Lonely is the story of “a young American man lost in Paris. He scratches out a living as a Michael Jackson look-alike, dancing in the streets, in public parks, at tourist spots and trade shows. Different from everyone else, he feels as if he’s floating between two worlds. During a show at a geriatric home Michael Jackson meets Marilyn Monroe. Haunted by her angelic beauty he follows her to a commune in the Highlands, joining her husband Charlie Chaplin and her daughter Shirley Temple. The commune is a place where everyone is famous and “no-one gets old”. Here, The Pope, The Queen of England, Madonna, James Dean and other impersonators build a stage in the hope that the world will visit and watch them perform. Everything is beautiful. Until the world shifts, and reality intrudes on their utopian dream.”
As of March 2012, Korine’s latest project, Spring Breakers was under production in Florida. Starring James Franco, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens, the film is a comedy romance set to release in Spring 2013.
Korine originally intended to follow up Gummo with a short-lived project known as Fight Harm, filmed by illusionist David Blaine. It comprised footage of Korine engaging random people in actual street fights. In these he followed rules of always provoking the fight and continuing until threat of death. Korine, who often said he would die for the cinema, hoped to make a cross between a Buster Keaton vehicle and a snuff film, but after only six fights, he was hospitalized and forced to abandon the project.
here is one of the pop culture leaders of today..filling the kids minds with wholesome vibes and thoughts..
and we wonder why we have trouble in society?.. this culture of violence needs to be stopped right here..not necessarily at the gun shop..start with the tv and movies and you will go a long way towards making change..
read his bio for the lovely topics and ideas he puts in his movies..and his latest movie about bikini clad young girls shooting and killing and stealing..what sort of images are they portraying?..his wife,rachel korine is in the movie poster..