Harmony Korine
American film director
Harmony Korine
Harmony Korine 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.
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Val Kilmer Spotted Without Breathing Device Around His Neck In London
Huffington Post - about 1 year
 Val Kilmer is looking happy and healthy again more than a year after the actor was first rumored to be dealing with health issues.  Last year, the 56-year-old denied reports he underwent surgery to remove a tumor in his throat, but was later spotted wearing what seemed to be a tracheostomy tube in his neck. In recent months, the "Top Gun" star kept his neck covered with a bandana or scarf, causing many to speculate further.  Last week, the actor took to Facebook to share a photo of himself and his friend, Tracey Emin, after watching Ralph Fiennes perform in "The Master Builder" in London. In the pic, the medical device is noticeably absent from his neck, and Kilmer looks to be A-OK. .  He also shared a photo of himself with "Spring Breakers" director Harmony Korine, who has a show going on at the Gagosian Gallery in London. Again, the actor was seen without anything covering his neck.  Kilmer, who's been quite active on social media in the last ...
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Andrew Haigh On '45 Years,' The 'Looking' Movie And Depicting Messy Relationships
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The rearview mirror of any relationship can be blinding, particularly one that looks back on more than four decades of shared history. In "45 Years," writer/director Andrew Haigh wonders what might happen if everything a couple has known suddenly crumbles. The movie begins with Jeff (Tom Courtenay) learning that the remains of the woman he once sought to marry have been discovered some 50 years after her death. His reflectiveness sends his wife, Kate (Charlotte Rampling), for a tailspin, and she begins to wonder whether the entire marriage has been tainted by the specter of her husband's lost love. All of this occurs as they are readying a party to celebrate their 45th anniversary.  A soft-spoken story that doesn't make grand statements about its characters, "45 Years" is a nice companion piece to Haigh's previous film, 2011's "Weekend," which followed a young gay couple as unexpected romance blossomed after a one-night stand. The Huffington Post sat down with Haigh a few weeks ag ...
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What to Watch Saturday
NYTimes - about 1 year
Feeling rebellious? Stream “Mad Max: Fury Road.” On the tube, Mary Poppins produces her spoonful of sugar in a Disney classic, and Harmony Korine skewers spring break.
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Video Premiere: Dewey Decibel (feat. Drusef) - "Screwface Dub"
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Watching a Dewey Decibel music video isn't an intellectual undertaking. That statement isn't meant to be pejorative, it's just that observing his opiate daydreams in live action is more of a sensory experience. Directed by Pat Murray, "Screwface Dub" lifts us for the same reasons Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers does: wavy dissolves, candy-color images, and handheld camera work-- the latter of which locks with the repetition of Decibel and Drusef's hook, lulling us into the hazy groove. Decibel released the excellent A Different Drum EP earlier this year with producer Zilla Rocca. That record packed a sonic punch yet was as playful and innocuous as the sketches inside a child's coloring book. "Screwface Dub," culled from his upcoming EP Sub Cult, brings us back to our youthful reveries, but this time there is a darker tint to the lenses. By the end, Decibel guides a little boy through tall reeds, leading him to a woman who appears to be his mother. She gives Decibel a hug of reli ...
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Assured 'Straight Outta Tompkins' debut a bit ham-handed
LATimes - almost 2 years
Newcomer Zephyr Benson recalls the young Harmony Korine — not the director who earned Terrence Malick comparisons with "Gummo" but the screenwriting wunderkind behind Larry Clark's "Kids." About a teenager's descent into the drug underworld, Benson's "Straight Outta Tompkins" undeniably...
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The Best Movies of 2013
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
It was a good year for film. A really good year. by Erik Henriksen "IT IS OUR basic human right to be fuck-ups!" shouted Simon Pegg in The World's End. "This civilization was founded on fuck-ups!" Truer words were never spoken—but as far as 2013's movies go, it actually feels like civilization might have its shit together. 2013 was a fantastic year for movies—a better one, in fact, than we've had for a long, long time. It was also a good year for Portland's independent theaters, which left behind 35mm film and adapted to the expensive new reality of digital distribution and projection, often with help from their patrons: McMenamins gave the Bagdad Theater a renovation that respected the movie palace's history, while updating its sound and projection. Portland's quintessential arthouse, Cinema 21, expanded from one to three screens. Newberg's 99W Drive-In won a digital projector in a Honda-sponsored contest; Vancouver's Kiggins Theat ...
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“The Wolf of Wall Street,” inequality and the Gatsby myth
Salon.com - about 3 years
With the arrival of Martin Scorsese’s hell-for-leather American allegory “The Wolf of Wall Street,” featuring an uproarious, scenery-devouring performance by Leonardo DiCaprio that outdoes his entire previous career, that makes three cinematic reworkings of “The Great Gatsby” released in a single year. Baz Luhrmann’s handsome but inert official version, which of course also stars DiCaprio, is by far the least of them. (Although I don’t argue it’s a dreadful film at all.) If you haven’t been keeping score, the third Gatsby is Alien, the Florida rapper played by James Franco in Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers.” Alien and Jordan Belfort, DiCaprio’s real-life ‘90s penny-stock tycoon in “Wolf of Wall Street,” would understand each other perfectly; both have been up and both have been down, and up is better. They might find the real Jay Gatsby insufferably pretentious (though they’d definitely show up for his parties). Continue Reading...
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James Franco's 'Spring Breakers' Oscar Campaign Gets Serious
The Huffington Post - about 3 years
Spring break and James Franco's Best Supporting Actor Oscar campaign, forever. With awards season heading into crunch time -- both the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes will announce nominations next week -- A24 has put together another For Your Consideration advertisement for Franco's role in "Spring Breakers." The studio -- which is pushing Franco using the phrase "Consider This Sh-t," a play on one of his many "Spring Breakers" catchphrases -- has already released print advertisements for the performance, but this clip highlights the critical praise Franco earned for playing Alien in the Harmony Korine film. More...
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James Franco Wrote The Best Review Of 'Spring Breakers'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"There will never be a movie or a character that is more important for this age than 'Spring Breakers' and its protagonist Alien." Those are the words of James Franco, who plays Alien in "Spring Breakers," as published by VICE on Friday. Franco, who has written for VICE over the last several months, used his platform at the publication to review "Spring Breakers," and didn't hold back on praise for the film and its director, Harmony Korine. Harmony put it all in harmony. Twenty years after Kids, he has followed up his first zeitgeist film with a new portrait of the times. If Kids was neorealism, Spring Breakers is the neorealism of the Facebook age, chopped, screwed, and digitized. Where The Social Network was a movie about money, deals, greed, backstabbing, and the resulting court case—anything but the technology that defined the new way kids were socializing—Spring Breakers is the embodiment of such technological engagement. It is everything that we are today. You’re welcome. T ...
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Toronto: 'Spring Breakers' director Harmony Korine, Chris Messina join Al Pacino in 'Manglehorn'
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Spring Breakers" director Harmony Korine, Chris Messina ("The Mindy Project") and Oscar winner Holly Hunter ("Top of the Lake") will join Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's drama "Manglehorn," it was announced Friday by Worldview Entertainment. Worldview is financing and producing the movie, which Green is directing from a script by Paul Logan. Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow and COO Molly Conners will produce alongside Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng and Green. Worldview's Maria Cestone and Sarah E. ...
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'Consider This Sh-t': Franco Gets Wild Oscar Campaign
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With the Telluride Film Festival having wrapped up for the year, and the Toronto International Film Festival set to start this week, awards season is already starting to bloom. Which is why distribution company A24 was wise to release a For Your Consideration ad recognizing James Franco's much-lauded performance in March's "Spring Breakers" to The Hollywood Reporter on Monday night. Franco, who played Alien in Harmony Korine's "fever dream" feature, was mentioned by many as a possible Best Supporting Actor nominee when "Spring Breakers" bowed in March. That chatter, however, has dulled in recent months, following a summer of blockbusters and the anticipation of a fall movie slate that could rival any awards season in recent memory. (More on the early goings can be found here.) "Franco negotiates a spirited character amid all that blacklit gaudiness. And I think he deserves awards attention for what he's accomplished," HitFix In Contention editor Kris Tapley wrote in a Ma ...
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His Biggest Debut EVER
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" had the best limited opening of 2013 over the weekend, earning $102,167 per screen from the six theaters showing the feature in New York and Los Angeles. The "Blue Jasmine" debut bested Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," which earned $87,667 per screen during its opening in March. For Allen, "Blue Jasmine" represents his biggest opening average ever: In 2011, the director's "Midnight In Paris" premiered on six screens and earned $99,834 per venue. That film wound up grossing over $56 million in North America and $151 million around the world. Whether "Blue Jasmine" follows suit remains to be seen; Sony Pictures Classics, which released both "Paris" and "Jasmine," plans to have the new film on 1000 screens by Aug. 23. The difference, of course, in the bottom lines could lie with the films: "Midnight In Paris" was a light, romantic romp, while "Blue Jasmine" is more on the dramatic side. "The challenge was one of tone, particularly when I beg ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
This week: 100 Bloody Acres' bloody laughs, Hannah Arendt's banality of evil, and more, more, MORE! 100 Bloody Acres The narrow line between humor and gore is nothing new, but it's rarely straddled well. This Australian horror comedy pulls it off, as brothers Reg (Damon Herriman) and Lindsay (Angus Sampson) use human corpses for their fertilizer business. There are more laughs than scares here; Herriman has real heart, and the farce builds up effectively. Even the incredibly hokey Australian country music on the soundtrack is difficult to dislike. NED LANNAMANN Clinton Street Theater. Ain't in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm See review this issue. Mission Theater. The Attack Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri's adaptation of Yasmina Khadra's novel, in which an Arab surgeon learns his wife may be a suicide bomber. Fox Tower 10. B-Movie Bingo The Hollywood's series features B-movies, with the audience marking down cli ...
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Harmony Korine on 'Spring Breakers': 'We're doing a remix'
LATimes - over 3 years
Forget the director's cut. Here comes “Spring Breakers: The Remix."
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harmony Korine
  • 2016
    Age 43
    Korine directed the video clip "Needed Me" by Rihanna which was released on April 21, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Much of Korine's work is based around the dark humor and absurdism involved in dysfunctional childhoods, mental disorders, and poverty. This is often incorporated into surrealist, non-linear forms and presented experimentally (see the mix of Polaroids, Super 8 and 35mm film that makes up Gummo). Blackface, tap-dance, and minstrelsy are common elements to Korine's work. "I'm a huge fan of vaudeville – like Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, and Al Jolson... There's this random tragedy associated with the decline of the vaudeville entertainer, which is a theme in Gummo that I completely stole from vaudeville." Like vaudeville, the narrative of Korine's work is abstract and works by association. Korine compares this concept to a book of private photos. On their own each photo would be seemingly random and devoid of context, but because they are compiled in one volume and presented in succession, a narrative exists. "That's how Gummo was written." Improvisation is also an important filmmaking technique for Korine, as a way to maintain his movies as "living things." Korine does not try to write messages or meanings into his scripts, as he finds it belittling to the audience. With his films, Korine strives to retain a "margin of the undefined."
  • 2011
    Age 38
    In 2011 Korine collaborated with the New York brand Supreme, releasing a set of two skateboard decks featuring original artworks by Korine.
    More Details Hide Details Harmony Korine directed a commercial for Dior Addict Fragrance. Korine has directed a number of music videos for artists such as Sonic Youth, Cat Power and Will Oldham (e.g., No More Workhorse Blues). In addition, he sang on Oldham's "Ease Down The Road", and co-authored the lyrics of Björk's musical composition "Harm of Will" from her album Vespertine (2001). In 1999 Korine and Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance released a music CD SSAB Songs. "I don't really know what it sounds like", Korine explained to i-D magazine. "I only listened to it once. I think it's the kind of album I'd only listen to once". The tracks labeled "Harmony" on Songs in A&E are named after Korine by Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, who also made the soundtrack to Mister Lonely. "Harmony Korine" is the lead track on the solo album Insurgentes by Porcupine Tree lead singer Steven Wilson. He has also directed a music video for "Gold on the Ceiling" by The Black Keys, from their album El Camino. He also co-wrote the song "Florida Kilos" with Lana Del Rey and Dan Auerbach, which is featured on the deluxe edition of Del Rey's album Ultraviolence.
  • 2010
    Age 37
    In 2010, Korine collaborated with New York Visual Artist Bill Saylor on the book Ho Bags.
    More Details Hide Details The book consists of drawing and paintings in which Korine and Saylor drew over each other's works.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    The university describes the exhibition, which ran through February 26, 2009, as culling "together a number of photographs from Korine’s private files in order to reveal a side of the artist’s creative process that remains largely unexamined.
    More Details Hide Details Depicting an unnamed, mysterious young girl moving through a televised landscape of shifting contexts, Pigxote further illustrates Korine’s interest in replacing plot lines and expected narrative tropes with intuitively arranged “experiential moments.” They also provide a unique insight into the poetic mind of Nashville’s most compelling prodigal son." Most recently his works were presented in a 2003 exhibition at agnès b's Galerie du jour in Paris, with whom Korine has often been associated.
    In 2009 he published Pigxote in conjunction with the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and released by Nieves.
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  • 2008
    Age 35
    In November 2008, Drag City published a collection of his fanzines called The Collected Fanzines with skateboarder/writer Mark Gonzalez. 2009 sees Korine returning to the collaborative zine process alongside fellow avant-garde artist Noel Sinclair Boyt.
    More Details Hide Details Korine released a number of photographic collections, usually in conjunction with gallery exhibits. In 1998 he published The Bad Son in conjunction with Taka Ishii gallery in Tokyo, documenting his various photo shoots with Macaulay Culkin. In 2002, Pass the Bitch Chicken was released, a collaboration with artist Christopher Wool, which consists of Korine's photographs heavily edited by Korine and Wool.
    In 2008 the screenplay for Mister Lonely was released by Swiss publisher Nieves with photographs by Rachel Korine and Brent Stewart.
    More Details Hide Details The majority of these books differ substantially from the movies eventually produced. In 1998 Korine published a book entitled A Crack Up at the Race Riots, an experimental novel, described as his attempt to write "the Great American Choose Your Own Adventure novel" in his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. Korine was eventually banned from Letterman's show after he was caught going through Meryl Streep's purse after breaking into her dressing room.
    In 2008 Harmony Korine was signed to MJZ for worldwide commercial representation.
    More Details Hide Details On 6 September 2009 Korine's film, Trash Humpers premiered as part of the Visions section of the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Despite being a work of fiction, the film went on to win the top award at the prominent European documentary film festival CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Festival – in November 2009. In March 2011, Korine released a short film entitled Umshini Wam, which is a popular Zulu struggle song meaning "bring me my machine gun". The film starred Ninja and Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord. In September 2011, Korine released a short film entitled Snowballs, sponsored by the Proenza Schouler fashion label. Korine's next project was the crime drama Spring Breakers, which was produced in 2012 in Florida, and starred James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Korine's wife, Rachel Korine. In looking at early scenes being filmed and in speaking toward the plot, cast, and earlier works of the filmmaker, Indiewire wrote "this might be the weirdest movie the director has ever made simply by nature of being totally unlike his previous work." "That Mr. Korine appears to be having it both (or many) ways may seem like a cop-out, but only if you believe that the role of the artist is to be a didact or a scold." wrote The New York Times. Principal filming wrapped up on March 30, 2012. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
    The movie was released in 2008 and debuted at Cannes.
    More Details Hide Details His largest film with a budget of $8.2 million, it received mixed reviews and earned $386,915 in its first 9 months. The film 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."
  • 2007
    Age 34
    Korine also appeared in the 2007 documentary film Beautiful Losers in which his life and career were one of the foci of the film, along with other artists such as Mike Mills, Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen, Jo Jackson and Barry McGee.
    More Details Hide Details In the documentary, Korine discusses his motivation as an artist and filmmaker, as well as his inspiration for creating films he has never seen. Footage also appears from one of Korine's rare, early, and untitled short films, which preceded his work on Kids.
  • 2003
    Age 30
    In 2003, he made the television documentary Above the Below about his friend and collaborator David Blaine and his 44-day stunt in a park over the bank of River Thames in London inside a suspended plexiglas box.
    More Details Hide Details A documentary commissioned by Sky Television and Channel 4, it also includes jokes, visual poetry, and music. In addition, Korine has worked with Blaine on a number of Blaine's specials. He first met his wife, Rachel (Simon) Korine, a 17-year-old from Nashville, around this time. His third feature film, Mister Lonely, was co-written by his brother, Avi Korine and starred Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, Anita Pallenberg, David Blaine, Werner Herzog and Mal Whiteley.
  • 2002
    Age 29
    In 2002, Larry Clark made Ken Park, based on a script Korine had written several years earlier.
    More Details Hide Details The film, another adult tale of youth gone awry, was not distributed in the United States. At the time of its release, Clark and Korine had long since parted ways, and Korine had no involvement in its production.
  • 2000
    Age 27
    In 2000 The Devil, The Sinner, and His Journey premiered, which featured Korine in black metal corpsepaint as O.J. Simpson and Johnny Depp as Kato Kaelin.
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  • 1998
    Age 25
    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".
    More Details Hide Details It utilizes some of the same actors and themes as Gummo, and can be considered a companion piece as the film utilises footage that didn't make the final cut of Gummo. The film "further disgusted critics" and solidified his status as a notoriously shocking and experimental director. Julien Donkey-Boy, released in 1999, included a signed Dogme 95 manifesto. While it broke a number of the movement's basic tenets, Lars Von Trier lauded Korine's ability to interpret the rules creatively. The story is told from the perspective of a young man suffering from untreated schizophrenia, played by Ewen Bremner, as he tries to understand his deteriorating world. Julien's abusive and arguably hypersensitive father is played by Werner Herzog. At one point, Korine was to play the son, but he backed down and was replaced by Bremner. Like Gummo and Kids, it too has since become something of a cult classic, a go-to film for those seeking cinema that is, as Roger Ebert said in his three star review, "shocking for most moviegoers", unlike "the slick aboveground indie productions" that are now the norm.
  • 1997
    Age 24
    In 1997, Korine wrote and directed Gummo, a film based on life in Xenia, Ohio, a town devastated by a tornado in the early 1970s.
    More Details Hide Details Forgoing conventional narrative, Gummo embodies sketches written by Korine, hence the nonlinear, fragmented events over the course of the film capitalizing on the obscure. Much of the cast was found during preproduction where it was filmed in Tennessee, and of all those who appeared in the film, only five were experienced actors. The film is notable for having unsettling, often bizarre scenes, as well as its dreamlike soundtrack, which strengthens the disconcerting atmosphere. It features "an eclectic soundtrack including death metal, Madonna and Roy Orbison. It 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. Three months later, Werner Herzog called Korine to give praise to the film overall, especially the bacon taped to the wall during the bathtub scene. He told The New York Times, "When I saw a piece of fried bacon fixed to the bathroom wall in Gummo, it knocked me off my chair. Korine's a very clear voice of a generation of filmmakers that is taking a new position. It's not going to dominate world cinema, but so what?"
  • 1993
    Age 20
    Korine met Chloë Sevigny in Washington Square Park in New York City during her senior year of high school in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details The two became close friends, which resulted in her being cast in the low-budget independent film Kids (1995). They had a relationship that ended in the late 1990s. He is married to actress Rachel (Simon) Korine, with whom he has one child, Lefty Bell Korine. Korine was skating with friends in Washington Square Park when he noticed photographer Larry Clark. Impressed, the photographer asked him to compose a script about skaters and to include in the plot a teenage AIDS experience. Korine told Clark, "I've been waiting all my life to write this story." Within three weeks, 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. Among others, the film features Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson in their first movie roles. The film, while controversial, jumpstarted Korine's career. This put him into contact with film producer Cary Woods who budgeted about $1 million to produce Gummo, Korine's personal vision.
  • 1973
    Age 0
    Born on January 4, 1973.
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