James Franco has posted to Twitter a preview of his project with Harmony Korine. The video that was linked (here) features a Notorious B.I.G. song as soundtrack but a video without the song can also be found here.
The Franco / Korine project, going by the end of the video, seems to be titled Rebel.
UPDATE: The videos have for some reason been removed.
Vice recently spoke with Harmony Korine and Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser for an interview that you can find on their site here. Vice have also posted a number of pictures from the production of Umshini Wam, taken by Rachel Korine, here. A few other photos can be found on our forum here.
The Umshini Wam world premiere at SXSW on March 15 began with a video message from Korine. IndieWire, in their article here, offered this description of the video:
Korine couldn’t introduce the film last night, but he did send in a video message where the director – wearing running shoes on his hands, sunglasses and a Tupac Shakur sweater – apologized for not being able to appear in person, speaking in a stunted, seemingly stoned cadence. “I got stuck in this other place filming something that was really ridiculous, but I had to do it,” Korine said slowly. “We made this movie across 15 continents and over a couple of years and a few million dollars and in the end it was all worth it. I won’t give away too much other than to say I’m really excited you’re there, I wish I was there, I hope you enjoy this and I’ll talk to you very, very soon.”
Umshini Wam can currently be viewed on Vice‘s VBS.tv here.
On January 15, Harmony Korine appeared alongside conceptual artist Dan Grahm at the Swiss Institute, New York, for a discussion of comedy in film. The Swiss Institute has now made available an audio recording of this event, which you can find on their website here. The recording is one-hour long and the file is in MP3 format and 42.5MB in size.
The January 2008 issue of Dazed and Confused featured an article on the work of Kenneth Anger. The article also included quotes from various artists giving their thoughts on Anger, among them was Korine.
I first came across Kenneth’s films when I was a boy growing up in Nashville. There was a small video store by my house that specialised in art films, and they had a single bootleg copy of Lucifer Rising with a Xerox on the cover. I asked my father if I could watch it, and he told me not to go near it. He seemed spooked at the very idea of this film’s existence. Once I finally watched it, I realised that there was a darkness in the world I knew very little about – and it was very exciting to me… This was cinema as voodoo.
Rabbit’s Moon is my favourite of his films – the music and the images are so beautiful and strange. This film is truly a poem. I’m not really sure what his influence has been – that’s a good question. Perhaps he turned people on to the rhythms of Satan?
In terms of influencing my own filmmaking, well, he is an original thinker. The films are an extension of the man – it’s hard to describe his work, and very easy to feel it. I personally strive for that every day.
As for why he has not been more widely celebrated, I think he is just way too dangerous – I met him once and saw it in his eyes. Do I believe in his claims about black magic and the occult? Yes, of course I do.
Harmony Korine’s short film with Die Antwoord is scheduled to have it’s world premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, on March 15. The film prior to production was going by the name Wat Kyk Jy but now has the title Umshini Wam.
According to details given on the SXSW website here, Umshini Wam is 16-minutes in length and cinematography is by Alexis Zabe, who is perhaps best known for the 2007 Carlos Reygadas film Silent Light. The plot is also given as follows:
Big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It’s time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangstas. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints, and sleep in the woods. They don’t have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They’re tramps, and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja become despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo Landi won’t let him give up. What ensues is straight up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.
Harmony Korine is one of many artists included in an exhibition opening at the Fuse Gallery, New York, on March 4. The exhibition, titled “What’s He Building in There?”, is described by the gallery as being “an ode to the darker side of curiosity.” More information can be found on the gallery’s website here. The website also features one image from Korine here.
Harmony Korine is responsible for the art and photography in the lookbook for the Urban Outfitters Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which was sent out at some point in February. Rachel Korine is also one of the models featured.
You can find many or all of the images from the lookbook on SLAMXHYPEhere as well as The Fox is Blackhere.