Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, author, artist, photographer and skateboarder. He is best known for writing Kids (1995) and for writing and directing Gummo (1997), Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), Mister Lonely (2007) and Spring Breakers (2012). His film Trash Humpers (2009) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the main prize, the DOX Award, at the CPH:DOX. In 2019, Korine directed his first project in six years, The Beach Bum.
Korine met Chloë Sevigny in Washington Square Park in New York City during her senior year of high school in 1993. The two became close friends, which resulted in her being cast in the low-budget independent film Kids (1995). They had a romantic relationship that ended in the early 2000s though they are still friends. He is now married to actress Rachel Simon, with whom he has two children.
Korine was born in Bolinas, California, the son of Eve and Sol Korine. His family is Jewish. His father was a tapdancer and produced documentaries for PBS in the 1970s about an "array of colorful Southern characters"; he would take Korine to carnivals and circuses and taught him how to use a Bolex camera. As a child, Korine watched movies with his father, who rented Buster Keaton films and took him to see Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) in the theater. Korine reminisces, "I knew there was a poetry in cinema that I had never seen before that was so powerful."Korine spent his early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area living with his family on a commune. In the early 1980s, they relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he attended Hillsboro High School before moving to New York City to live with his grandmother. As a teenager, Korine spent his summers in San Francisco, "skateboarding, living on rooftops, running away from my parents, getting in fights. You know, girls. At that point I was just getting into movies, but the idea of making films happened later in high school." He began frequenting revival theaters, watching films by John Cassavetes, Werner Herzog, Jean-Luc Godard, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Alan Clarke. In an interview with Bruce LaBruce, Korine briefly mentioned that he studied Business Administration in college. Other sources state that he studied Dramatic Writing at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University for one semester before dropping out to pursue a career as a professional skateboarder.
Movies & TV shows
Life of a Rock Star
Three artists with distinctive style are in a West Coast home with their pets, A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, and Iggy Pop, with his parrot Biggy Pop and a blue hyacinth macaw, at the kitchen table w...
Inside the Bum
The Lebon brothers were invited onto the set of the film "The Beach Bum" for six weeks. Given the freedom to wander the set as they pleased, the Lebon's received unrestricted access and a privileged i...
The Beach Bum
An irreverent comedy about the misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious stoner and lovable rogue who lives large.
A father tries to make sure his two children succeed in high school after his son has a career-ending sports injury. Their family bonds are strained by an unexpected tragedy.
Illegal Civilization 3
Kevin White, Olan Prenatt, and Aramis Hudson are skating, having fun, and getting into all of the hijinks that we have come to expect from the Civ.
A sweet 13-year-old named Stevie is about to explode. His mom is very attentive and loving, but a little too forthcoming about her romantic life. His big brother is a bully and taciturn. Stevie is loo...
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Some of the most influential people in skateboarding and in the culture at large are explored by Patrick O'Dell.
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The Girlfriend Experience
The relationship between exclusive escort and their clients is explored. It costs a lot to be in a relationship.
Alone in the Woods: The Legend of Cambo
While his parents were out working four jobs, Cambo spent his time learning how to survive in the rough backwoods of Alabama. When they went through a brutal divorce, he naturally fled to the woods to...
Manglehorn is an old man in a small town. He nurses his sick cat and eats at the same place every day. Manglehorn is an ex-con who gave up the woman of his dreams for a big job 40 years ago. He is obs...
An awkward office drone becomes increasingly crazy after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.
The image of a mysterious, solitary filmmaker - a cineaste maudit - who flees from both the media and the public, is unrelentingly bound to the figure of Leos Carax, in France. Elsewhere, the real foc...
After her father dies, India's uncle comes to live with her. She starts to suspect that this charming man has ulterior motives.
After four college girls rob a restaurant to fund their spring break in Florida, they get entangled with a weird dude with his own criminal agenda.
The Fourth Dimension
The three-part film might look like an exercise in forced hipness, because it was created under a "manifesto". The directors of The Fourth Dimension are innovative and crazy enough to make the experim...
The Advocate for Fagdom
The Advocate for Fagdom unites the puzzle pieces one by one. Testimonies are combined with rare archive images. Art galeries present movie extracts that are succeeded by images shot on location. And t...
A good old boy is visited by girls dressed as American Indians for his birthday.
Umshini Wam (Bring Me My Machine Gun)
There are big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It's time to get the gangsta gangsta. Wheelchair-bound lovers Ninja and Yo Landi are real gangstas. They live in the outskirts of civilization...
The man is dancing on the curb.
Blood of Havana
Shot on a Digital Harinezumi, the film features a disturbing and monstrous character walking the streets of Havana to meet people. The reading of a poetic, funny and false prophecy about communism and...
Mac and Plak
Set in an anonymous basement. Two Siamese brothers berate each other over and over while a man with a prosthetic face attempts to have sex with a refrigerator. Chaos ensues.
42 One Dream Rush
There are 42 short films by auteur directors.
Follow a small group of elderly "Peeping Toms" through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. We follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which have ...
Until the Light Takes Us
The history, ideology and aesthetic of Norwegian black metal, a musical subculture notorious as much for a series of murders and church fires as it is for its unique musical and visual aesthetic, is c...
This documentary follows the lives and careers of a collective group of Do-it-yourself artists and designers who inadvertently affected the art world.
A young American who works as a Michael Jackson imitation is invited by Marilyn Monroe to live with her and her daughter in Scotland.
The life and struggles of a notorious rock musician can be seen in the daily life of his friends and family, who seek financial aid and favors, inspired by the final hours of Kurt Cobain.
David Blaine: Above the Below
ABOVE THE BELOW is a TV-documentary directed by Harmony Korine. It in part concerns David Blaine's 2003 stunt in which he was sealed in a transparent case suspended 30 feet in the air near the River T...
Ken Park looks at the home lives of teenagers. Shawn is the most conventional. Claude is harassed by his father and coddled by his mother, both of which are symptoms of Tate's psychotic rage. She look...
The Name of This Film Is Dogme95
The Name of this Film is Dogme95 is an irreverent documentary exploring the origins of Dogme95, the most influential movement in world cinema for a generation. The film tells how a 'brotherhood' of fo...
David Blaine: Magic Man
In Magic Man, Blaine is shown traveling across the country, entertaining unsuspecting pedestrians in New York City, Atlantic City, Dallas, San Francisco, Compton, and the Mojave Desert recorded by a s...
The Diary of Anne Frank Part II
A three-screen collage that serves as a companion piece to Harmony Korine's "Gummo". The same actors are featured, and similar themes are touched upon.
Good Will Hunting
Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ, but he chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. The misguided youth was helped by Professor Gerald Lambeau after he solved a difficult graduate-level math problem. Prof...
In Xenia, Ohio, a small town that has never recovered from the tornado that ravaged the community in the 1970s, Solomon and Tummler are two teenagers who are killing time.
The portrayal of teens in New York City exposes a very disturbing world of sex and substance abuse. The story of a boy named Telly is told in the film. Jenny, a girl who only had sex once, knows she c...
MTV publicity spot directed by Aaron Rose, Harmony Korine, and Rita Ackermann.
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