Harmony Korine was born in Bolinas California to Eve and Sol Korine and was raised in Nashville Tennessee. When Korine turned 18 he went to study literature at NYU, he dropped out after only one semester. During this time in New York he met Larry Clark in a Park who later when on to direct Kids. When Korine wrote the screenplay for Kids he was still a teenager. Korine uses a unique and experimental style to display his feelings in film. Korine expertly streams almost unrelated scenes and images together using unique experimental tools for his films to make them seem more realistic. Some of these tools are blackface, mental disorders, poverty and nonprofessional film. Instead of focusing on plot and character development or relationships, Korine uses raw footage and shocking image to convey a feeling. This feeling is felt differently between every viewer which is a difficult thing to do in a work of art. Korine doesn’t necessarily like to put meanings or messages into his films because he believes that these things belittle the audience. Korine talks about his take his take on film “I’m not really so interested in it working on a purely cerebral level. I’m much more concerned with it on an emotional level and that you leave feeling a certain way.” Korine has also experimented with other forms of art such as short films, photography, literature, and also music. (more…)
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Although Gus Van Sant’s Last Days is very clearly based on the story of Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain, it really could be anyone’s story. As his record exec asks him when discussing whether he has been in touch with his daughter, “Do you say, ‘I’m sorry that I’m a rock and roll cliche’?” And that’s truly all that Blake (played by Michael Pitt of recent Boardwalk Empire fame) is in the end. In this artistically shot fictional mini-biopic, Van Sant takes the audience along for a heart-breakingly personal ride through the final days of a talented young rock star’s short life. (more…)
Harmony Korine’s father (Sol Korine) may have been a documentary filmmaker but that did not deter Korine from establishing his unique filmmaking style. I had not heard of Korine before, nor seen any of his films, and yet I have come to admire the man who is able to convey human emotions and stories in way that I have never experienced before. Born in California on the fourth of January 1973, Korine was raised partly in Tennessee and partly in New York. He watched several movies by independent filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassavetes. He aspired to become a screenwriter and joined the Tisch School of Arts (New York University) for a degree in Dramatic Writing but dropped out after a year. He was then discovered by Larry Clark, the director of Kids, who asked Korine to pen the script for the movie.
With the release of Kids in 1995 and the success that came with it, Korine was able to make his first feature titled Gummo. He would later pen the script for Clark’s controversial movie, Ken Park. Gummo was one of Korine’s movies that I was able to watch, Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) being the other one. Gummo dealt with the social issues in the town of Xenia (Ohio) that was ripped apart by a tornado, prior to the filming of the movie. Julien Donkey-Boy, on the other hand, dealt with the plight of a schizophrenic child (Julien) and the sadistic abuse of his father. Korine would later create his third full feature, titled Mr. Lonely, which dealt with the daily life of a Michael Jackson impersonator. Korine has also made a few short films, a television series, and directed some music videos as well.