author scrapbook    
  harmony korine  
  Korine is a tiny 22-year old film buff, who looks 13 and gets off on fibbing to reporters. At Cannes, he told the press he grew up around circuses where his father sold goldfish.

VOICE July 25, 1995
HK: You know the book Ulysses? I'm trying to adapt a screenplay of that. And do you know the rapper Snoop [Doggy Dogg]? He's going to be the central figure. After I read that book, he was the first person I thought of.

February 1997
  In his official Miramax bio, Harmony maintains that he was in a traveling carnival and that he is the grandson of Huntz Hall, one of the original Bowery Boys. Although this could be true, it's somewhat improbable.

New York
June 5, 1995
The more likely scenario is that Harmony was born in Northern California, spent his early years in Nashville, then moved to New York, where he lived in his grandmother's basement.

New York
June 5, 1995
  He did some normal things, like getting bar mitzvahed ("I looked pretty handsome," he recalls. "I was really small too. I was 13, and I looked around 8") and he did go to high school, where, he says, he got nearly perfect (1,580 total) scores on his SATs.

New York
June 5, 1995
I found a piece of a guy's shoulder in a pillowcase and a complete, intact jaw in a chandelier. It had facial hair and a slight goatee--it hadn't even molded, and the tongue was still moist.

December 1997
  That 24 frames a second is truth, that film equals truth. To me, it's a lie... It's 24 frames of lies. But where it works is when the lies seem like a poetic truth.

Like Gummo was getting an NC-17 for nihilism!...They [the Motion Picture Association of America] said: 'Take any scene on its own and it would be an R, but strung together, the message is so antisocial, so nihilistic, that this is an NC-17 film.'

  To me, as soon as you have Tom Hanks play someone who's retarded, a lovable, eccentric, schizophrenic character, someone you can laugh off because he's a cute idiot savant--he can win an Academy Award. But as soon as you use the real person, and you show them drooling, or you see blood on the underpants, it becomes disgusting, gratuitous, and exploitive.

I find things touching that other people see as brutal or sadistic.

  For me, the ultimate concerns are scenes and people. I want to get to a point in my work where its only about incidents, just 100 percent random. You never see the mentality, no connections, just completely free--that's what I'm working for.

I don't fraternize with the enemy or associate with what I consider might be damaging to my innards.    
  "I might have been a little drunk, but that's all," responds Korine.

New York Magazine
October 20, 1997
author's page
Bold Type