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.