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Born: January 4, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bolinas, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, director, actor

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Whether viewed as auteur or provocateur, writer-director Harmony Korine's body of work, including "Kids" (1995), "Gummo" (1997) and "Spring Breakers" (2013), offered some of the most unique, disturbing visions in American arthouse cinema. Korine's features orbited a darkly comic world populated by dysfunctional families, mentally disturbed protagonists, and characters driven by poverty, circumstance and fate to indulge in behavior that repulsed and amazed critics and audiences. He began as a teenager, penning the abrasive "Kids" for director Larry Clark before making his directorial debut with "Gummo," a nightmarish drama about the unhinged residents of a hurricane-ravaged town. Both films minted Korine as the latest enfant terrible of independent film, though his most supportive critics insisted his features, though often difficult to watch, were more than collages of unpleasant imagery and more akin to an exploration of American life at its most extreme and mundane, which placed Korine on par with such filmmakers as John Cassavetes, Robert Altman and Terrence Malick. Korine's aesthetic changed with each project, moving from the polished dream structure of "Mister Lonely" (2007) to the ultra-lo-fi...

Whether viewed as auteur or provocateur, writer-director Harmony Korine's body of work, including "Kids" (1995), "Gummo" (1997) and "Spring Breakers" (2013), offered some of the most unique, disturbing visions in American arthouse cinema. Korine's features orbited a darkly comic world populated by dysfunctional families, mentally disturbed protagonists, and characters driven by poverty, circumstance and fate to indulge in behavior that repulsed and amazed critics and audiences. He began as a teenager, penning the abrasive "Kids" for director Larry Clark before making his directorial debut with "Gummo," a nightmarish drama about the unhinged residents of a hurricane-ravaged town. Both films minted Korine as the latest enfant terrible of independent film, though his most supportive critics insisted his features, though often difficult to watch, were more than collages of unpleasant imagery and more akin to an exploration of American life at its most extreme and mundane, which placed Korine on par with such filmmakers as John Cassavetes, Robert Altman and Terrence Malick. Korine's aesthetic changed with each project, moving from the polished dream structure of "Mister Lonely" (2007) to the ultra-lo-fi photography of "Trash Humpers" (2009) and Hollywood genre film turned on its ear with "Spring Breakers" (2013). Loved and loathed with equal degrees of fervor, Harmony Korine cemented his position as one of the most fearless independent filmmakers of the 20th century and beyond.

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  julien donkey-boy (1999) Director
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  Gummo (1997) Director
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  David Blaine: Magic Man (1999) Segment Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Stoker (2013)
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 Trash Humpers (2009)
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 Beautiful Losers (2007)
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 Last Days (2005) Cast
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 Gummo (1997) Boy On Couch
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 Name of This Film Is Dogme95, The (2000) Interviewee
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Met Larry Clark, when Clark was photographing skateboarders in Washington Square Park
1995:
Wrote screenplay for Clark's first feature film "Kids"
1997:
Feature directorial debut, "Gummo"; also scripted
1999:
Directed (also wrote) second film based on the experiences of his schizophrenic uncle, "Julien Donkey-Boy"
2002:
Penned "Ken Park" several years before it was released by director Larry Clarke
2003:
Filmed the TV documentary, "Above the Below" about David Blaine's 44-day stunt in a park over the bank of River Thames in London inside a suspended Plexiglas box
2008:
Directed third feature, "Mister Lonely" starring Diego Luna and Samantha Morton; co-written by his brother, Avi Korine
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

On veering from linear story-telling: "I think you should put everything you love in a film. Why do you have to connect one thing to another?" --Harmony Korine to VILLAGE VOICE, July 25, 1995

"I felt that if I took scenes that were interesting, that felt like slices of life, and put them together, then "Gummo" would become a narrative. It didn't have to be A-B-C." --Korine in FILM COMMENT, September-October 1997

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companion:
Chloe Sevigny. Actor. Has had on-again, off-again romantic relationship; remain friends; acted in "Kids" and "Gummo".

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grandmother:
Joyce Korine. Korine lived with her in Queens; appeared in "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999).
father:
Sol Korine. Korine has told various interviewers different stories about his upbringing and his father's occupations.

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"A Crack-Up at the Race Riots"
"The Bad Son"

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