Harmony Korine

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"The kickflipping skate rat Rimbaud of Washington Square Park, a ‘zine poet, late- night chat show jester, and half-cocked punk piss-taker, Harmony Korine shot to unlikely celebrity as the teen screenwriter of Larry Clark’s Kids, then cemented his status as a cult figure with his directorial debut Gummo, a pastiche of scenes from tornado-wrecked Xenia, Ohio that no less a personage than Werner Herzog claimed knocked him out of his chair. A prankster and surreal provocateur, Korine repeatedly thumbed his nose at the filmmaking establishment and threatened to self-destruct his career and his life, only to emerge a more potent force than ever, his comeback run capped by the unlikely avant-garde crossover hit that was Spring Breakers, a candy-coated sickly-sweet sugar high of pure zeitgeist. In conjunction with the release of his latest, The Beach Bum, revisit the work of this total one-off of an American artist, uniquely wired into the gaudy dream life of the Republic."