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“SPRING BREAKERS” ALSO PREMIERING AT TIFF 2012

The Toronto Film Festival, having previously screened films from Harmony Korine before, has announced it will screen his new film “Spring Breakers”. The schedule of the festival is announced on August 21st. We will inform you of showing times when it becomes available. Information from the site:

Director: Harmony Korine
Runtime: 92 minutes
Principal Cast: Selena Gomez, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Heather Morris
Int. Sales Agent: Kinology
U.S. Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens star in the wild new film from perennial provocateur Harmony Korine (Trash Humpers), about four flat-broke co-eds whose spring fling in Florida turns into a booze, drug and violence-fuelled bacchanal.

The overly bright sunshine begins to hurt your eyes. The semi-nude bodies grind in a tequila-fuelled haze. A waft of violence floats through the atmosphere until it dominates the scene, aware of its hold on everything and everyone. You feel all-powerful and totally alone. This is spring break in Florida, captured through the transformative lens of Harmony Korine’s imagination.

Korine’s impressive canon of films poetically chronicles the minor heroics and self-aggran-dizing intensity of marginalians, unseen, ignored and dismissed by a willfully ignorant world. In Spring Breakers, his attention turns to four female co-eds (Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Rachel Korine) in an unnamed college town. Desperate to hit the beach, but flat broke, they rob a coffee shop with fake weapons, steal a car, head south and start to party hard. Their fun gets rudely interrupted when the cops bust into their apartment and find things young girls should not be enjoying. Locked up with no bail money, they despair until a local petty gangster (James Franco) springs them. Two of the girls stay with him as his entourage and, ultimately, his hitmen; while the other two drop out, exhausted, disoriented and longing to experience that rush of freedom one more time.

Spring Breakers is Korine’s first film since Mister Lonely to feature professional actors. He challenges his impressive young cast in unexpected ways, with long, seemingly improvised takes and a demand for shifting tones of sweetness and menace.

The film lands on the more narratively linear end of Korine’s career and has moments that recall each of his previous films, especially the virtuosic tableaux of Gummo and the agonizing desperation of Mister Lonely. But Spring Breakers also brings a few new tricks to the table, including remarkable shifts in mood and a breathtaking cinematographic confidence; there are signature moments of montage in this film that will influence generations to come.

Harmony Korine thinks in pictures that no one else could even dream up.

Noah Cowan

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“CAPUT” SCREENING IN LA (AUGUST 9)

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BRAIN DEGRAW REFLECTS ON “SSAB SONGS” RECORDING PROCESS

Back in the mid to late ’90s Harmony Korine and Brian DeGraw colllaborated on a one track album entitled “SSAB Songs”. While they were not the only musicians to play on the album (which was commercially released in 1998) they were the driving forces behind the idea. Back in November of 2011, DeGraw spoke to Hillbilly Magazine and reflected on the time spent recording “SSAB Songs”.

Hillbilly : You collaborated some years ago with Harmony Korine on SSAB Songs. Whats your thoughts on the collaborative process?
Brian DeGraw : Those collaborations were done in an interesting time shortly after i moved to NYC from DC. Harmony was someone who i connected with instantly. We met when a mutual friend asked me to go to this recording studio where Harm wanted to make an album of some sort. So he had asked this guy to round up a bunch of musicians to show up there and just work out some sort of jam. It was hilarious. I showed up there…in this dirty basement studio on Allen street that smelled like rotting fish and there were like ten or twelve people in there with Harm and everyone was trying to figure out how to go about this and nothing was really getting done at all and for some reason Harm and I just looked at each other and sort gave each other this nod of affirmation and we sort of just left the place and went off on our own to his place and just jammed for hours and recorded on four track cassette. After that we continued to do that for a few years. We made so many weird recordings….most of which are lost I think. We would go up to his apartment in Gramercy park with broken keyboards and banjos with no strings and bicycle wheels and whatever we could find that made a sound…..and we would just go crazy all night. We did a lot of stuff over the answering machine too….like we would call Bjork and have her sing through the fax while we jammed in the apartment. It was truly cacophonous and beautiful.

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HARMONY KORINE TO DIRECT MUSIC VIDEO(S) FOR RIFF RAFF?

Recently, rapper Riff Raff spoke to Pitchfork about his new ventures and branching out. He also spoke on his new found friendship with director Harmony Korine:

RR: I’m working on the movie situation right now. Me and Harmony Korine are in conjunction doing multiple big activities. He’s going to be doing some of my videos. He’s back. He’s had movies in the past, like Kids and Gummo, that earned him such a big underground following. So for him to come and want to do large, ridiculous things on the big screen with me and Diplo just showed what a genius mind he has. He’s about to be a full-fledged force to be reckoned with.

Pitchfork: How did your relationship with Korine begin?

RR: Somebody wrote me, “Hey, somebody wants you to be in this movie [Spring Breakers]“– I get so many emails every day so I have someone who screens them and says, “Hey, you might want to look at this.” When I finally researched his stuff, I saw he directed Kids and Gummo, and was like, “Oh shit. Damn, is this for me?” Those movies are kind of old, but I knew they were great.

Now I’ve actually met him and seen what kind of person he is: really interesting, innovative. There are a lot of people who are successful and have a lot of money, but you can almost see their limitations because they have these walls around them. Harmony Korine exceeds those walls, and those are the types of people who go on to exceed people’s expectations.

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SPRING BREAKERS TO SCREEN IN COMPETITION AT VENICE

Variety are today reporting that Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” is scheduled to make it’s international debut in competition at the 69th Annual Venice Film Festival. The films in competition are as follows, alternatively you can view them at the festival’s official website:

“To the Wonder,” Terrence Malick (U.S.)
“Something in the Air,” Olivier Assayas (France)
“Outrage: Beyond,” Takeshi Kitano (Japan)
“Fill The Void,” Rama Bursztyn and Yigal Bursztyn (Israel)
“Pieta,” Kim Ki-duk (South Korea)
“Dormant Beauty,” Marco Bellocchio (Italy)
“E’ stato il figlio,” Daniele Cipri (Italy)
“At Any Price,” Ramin Bahrani (U.S., U.K.)
“La cinquieme saison,” Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, France)
“Un giorno speciale, ” Francesca Comencini (Italy)
“Passion,” Brian De Palma (France, Germany)
“Superstar, ” Xavier Giannoli (France, Belgium)
“Spring Breakers,” Harmony Korine (U.S.)
“Thy Womb,” Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
“Linhas de Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento (Portugal, France)
“Paradise: Faith,” Ulrich Seidl (Austria, France, Germany)
“Betrayal,” Kirill Serebrennikov (Russia)

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RIFF RAFF & HARMONY KORINE VIDEOED TOGETHER

After some speculation with regards to James Franco’s character in the film “Spring Breakers”, rumours started flying around that upcoming rapper “Riff Raff” was supposed to be in the film and that Franco’s character is based on the character itself of Riff Raff – which Franco has since denied. Regardless of this, Riff Raff recently uploaded a video to his YouTube channel in which Harmony Korine appears on the basketball court with him and his friends. See below:

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DAN COLEN: PIGS AND PIGS AND PIGS

A new paperback book by Harmony Korine is set to go on sale on August 7th 2012 entitled “Dan Colen: Pigs And Pigs And Pigs”. The site Rizzoli USA is stocking it for $60. Amazon has also announced they will stock it, but for a cheaper price of $37.42.

This artist’s book documents Dan Colen’s 2011 exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in New York, as well as his June 2012 Gagosian exhibition in Paris. Drawing from mass media, local environment, and subculture, Dan Colen’s art imbues the ordinary, the disenfranchised, and the tribal with provocative new status. This publication includes over fifty new works, including Colen’s series of Grass, Gum, Confetti, and Stud, with extensive details of the works.

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“GOLD ON THE CEILING” VIDEO SURFACES

Late last year the news that The Black Keys had shot a music video with Harmony Korine was all over the internet and when they finally released an altogether different music video for the same song (“Gold On The Ceiling”), Korine fans were burdened with the fact that this would, yet again, be something by the filmmaker we’d never see.

But alas, thanks to the wonder of YouTube The Black Keys have made the video available for viewing. See below:

For the video, Korine utilises the same technique seen in his 2006 video for Bonnie Prince Billy, ‘No More Workhouse Blues’:

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‘INSIDE REBEL’

Nowness.com have posted up a two-part 8-minute short film by Matt Black that goes deep inside the “Rebel” collaboration between James Franco, Paul and Damon McCarthy, Aaron Young, Harmony Korine, Ed Ruscha, Terry Richardson and Douglas Gordon – the exhibition explores the 1955 film “Rebel Without A Cause“.

“Inside Rebel” is comprised of two parts:
Part One can be viewed here - whilst Part Two can be seen here.

Below is the blurb from the site:

Actor, artist and curator James Franco reveals the genesis of his visceral art-film crossover exhibition, REBEL, in the first installment of filmmaker Matt Black’s two-part exposé. Inspired by the mythology surrounding Nicholas Ray’s pioneering 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause, the show at LA’s MOCA includes collaborations with a stellar cast of leading contemporary artists, including Paul and Damon McCarthy, Aaron Young, Harmony Korine, Ed Ruscha, Terry Richardson and Douglas Gordon. Working closely with Franco, the artists reinterpreted and remixed the main themes, scenes and tragic events of the original—from the automotive death of lead actor James Dean to the rumored affair between the 44-year-old Ray and 16-year-old starlet Natalie Wood—all set inside a replica of LA’s iconic Chateau Marmont. “James created a relationship with each of the contributors; he is the narrative in between them,” says Black. “It’s almost as if James was making a movie and cast them as actors to fulfill all the roles.” Franco plays a central part in the show’s take on Ray’s teen-angst masterpiece. In Korine’s short paying homage to the movie’s famous knife fight outside the Griffith Observatory, Franco faces off with a BMX-riding posse of naked female gangsters. For another, he had tattoo artist Mark Mahoney carve the name of late actor Brad Renfro, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 26 from a heroin overdose, into his shoulder with a switchblade.

In the second part of Matt Black‘s exposé, artist-actor James Franco talks through the tangled mythology of Rebel Without a Cause and how it shaped his art-film mash-up at MOCA. Featuring the likes of Paul and Damon McCarthy, Aaron Young, Harmony Korine, Ed Rusha, Terry Richardson and Douglas Gordon, REBEL explores the legends embroiling Nicholas Ray’s 1955 epoch defining tale of teenage rebellion within a twisted replica of the film’s spiritual home, Chateau Marmont. Ray was living at the cult LA hotel when he first encountered James Dean—who turned up un-introduced, unannounced and accompanied by gothic starlet Vampira to perform two full backflip somersaults as an impromptu audition for the role that would immortalize him as a teen icon. “It became about creating the Chateau Marmont, for the artists and for Franco himself. Everything was set up to see all the films play in that same world,” explains Black. “When you see it all together, using the Chateau at the center, it takes on a different energy.” Riffing off the movie’s intrigues, Paul and Damon McCarthy replicated Ray’s Bungalow to re-enact his and Wood’s affair, while Aaron Young smashed a 1950 Ford Custom Tudor Coupe onto the desert floor from 80 feet up to mark Dean’s death in a fatal car crash barely a month before the film was released.

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BITS & PIECES

A few videos from YouTube concerning “Spring Breakers”. The first, an intimate interview with Selena Gomez (skip to 4:22)

The second is one of three Entertainment Tonight TV spots that aired in the past few weeks

And the final two are the other two spots which aired on ET Canada.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA0fCHz7iLA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mklk89zcmgc

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