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Harmony Korine

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Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is a US film director and writer. "Harm", as he is sometimes called, first appeared in the public's eye as the author of film director Larry Clark's debut, Kids, a tale of irresponsible teenagers in New York which garnered rave reviews but was literally unable to be seen by the intended audience due to the NC-17 / unrated rating.

Following the success of that Harmony directed and co-produced Gummo, another unique story loosely based around the premise of aspects of life in Xenia, Ohio, post-tornado (although most of it was not filmed there). Harmony cast himself in the film, which features very unusual / disturbing images (bacon on the walls, deaf people arguing, delinquent children) in a bit part as a shy gay teenager. He also had a cameo in Kids as a clubgoer. His sometimes girlfriend, actress Chloe Sevigny (who first appeared in Kids) was perhaps the most well-known "star" in an otherwise largely "non-actor"'s movie.

Mr. Korine followed this movie with another one, entitled Julien Donkey-Boy, which was equally enigmatic and which claimed to adhere to the Dogma 95 rules of filmmaking (which state, among other things, that all things be natural and no extra props be used).

In 2002 he reunited with Larry Clark to work as a writer on The Disappointment Project, another adult tale of youth gone awry which has not found a distributor in the US and was banned in Australia.

He is also the author of a book entitled A Crack Up at the Race Riots, a collection of notes, rumors and random words he invented, stole (part of an old interview with actor Johnny Depp, from Interview magazine, is included) and overheard.

His third film as director, Mister Lonely, is set to begin production in October with stars Mary Steenburgen and Kip Pardue.

Press

Larry Clark on Harmony Korine, "The Face" magazine, Oct '02: "He was a cute kid. He ain't so cute anymore."

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