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LIBERTY MUTUAL

Harmony Korine has directed a series of Liberty Mutual commercials that began airing on TV in the US last May. The ads, as described in The New York Times article here, “center on the members of a fictional family, the Marlowes, as they tackle issues ranging from coping with the recession to disciplining errant children.” Ten of the ads, what may be the entire run, are available for download in .mp4 format here:

Update (September 15, 2009):

We’ve unfortunately had to remove all the videos due to a copyright complaint. Some may return in the future.

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DEVILS AND BABIES / PIGXOTE / MISTER LONELY

In February Nieves released Devils and Babies, a 20-page black-and-white photocopied zine by Harmony Korine that comprises of drawings, notes and stories. It was published in an edition of 150 and is now sold out. A scan of the entire book can be found here (.pdf/2.2MB).

Nieves also recently published Pigxote, a 96-page softcover book featuring images from Korine’s exhibition of the same name. It can currently be purchased online from various stores, including Amazon.com here and Nieves here. As well, limited edition signed photographs from the Pigxote exhibition are on offer at the online store for the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery here.

Printed Matter is also currently offering signed copies of the Mister Lonely screenplay book for US $40 here.

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NEW YORK SCREENING: THE DIRTY ONES AND THE LONELY

Brent Stewart’s short film The Dirty Ones and his documentary The Lonely, which follows the making of Mister Lonely, will both be playing at Barbés in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, on June 1. The screenings are part of the Brooklyn Independent Cinema Series. For more information about the event visit the website here.

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THE DIRTY ONES / BIG RIVER MAN / LEFTY KORINE

Brent Stewart’s The Dirty Ones has been selected for the short film program of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The Dirty Ones is one of 96 short films selected from a pool of 5,632 entries for next year’s competition. The film, running for ten-minutes and shot with a Red One camera, stars Rachel Korine and Raven Dunn as “two Mennonite sisters are traveling throughout Southern states with the body of their dead grandmother lying in the trunk bed.” The trailer for the film can be found here.

James Clauer, director of The Aluminum Fowl (2006), will also be present at Sundance next year, with John Maringouin’s Big River Man (2008), for which Clauer acted as cinematographer, screening in the World Cinema Documentary Competition along with sixteen other films. Big River Man is a feature length documentary about endurance swimmer Martin Strel. The film’s official site can be found here.

A short article about the two films, posted on Nashville Scene on December 11, can be read here. The article includes a short comment from Clauer. The article also reports Harmony and Rachel Korine’s child, born in late November or early December, has the name Lefty.

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PIGXOTE POSTER / BOOK

The poster for the upcoming Pigxote exhibition has been added to the site here. Pigxote is an exhibition that will be appearing at Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery (Nashville, Tennessee) between January 8 and February 26, 2009.

A limited-edition companion book to the exhibition, published by Nieves, will be available in January through the gallery and specialty stores elsewhere.

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INTERVIEWS / PICTURES

Pictures of Harmony Korine from the Autumn/Winter issue of Supreme have been added to the site here. The magazine, we are told now, also features an interview with Korine. The interview is published in Japanese. Thanks to sbellow and oops.

The December issue of Interview features an interview with William Eggleston conducted by Korine. The interview can be found here. Several more recent interviews have been adding to the site: BlackBook (December); Home Media Magazine (November); Village Voice (November); Nylon (November); and Mr Skin (November). Thanks to baal and Lusher.

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MAGAZINES

Harmony Korine is on the cover of the Autumn/Winter issue of Supreme, currently available here. Korine will also be featured in the December/January issue of BlackBook for, according to the magazine, a “full-blown look back at his drug-addled days, cop encounters, and best lies.” In preparation for the feature, BlackBook asked Korine, in an item on their website here, what his favorite nightlife spots are, to which he responded:

I only eat fudge when I stay in New York, and I only drink Sprite while I’m in Los Angeles. I never eat out in restaurants for fear of earthquakes and food poison. I only stay at transient hotels that rent by the hour. The last place I stayed had a blood stain on my pillow in the shape of the Virgin Mary.

There will also be an article on Korine in the December issue of Dazed & Confused, with further details of the magazine on their website here.

On YouTube at the moment there’s a somewhat awkward interview Korine here. This interview was conducted on the same night as the Brandon Langely video from July 25.

In an interview with Silver Jews’ David Berman, appearing on LAist on September 28, Berman mentions that Korine is assisting him with the writing of a screenplay he later hopes to sell.

Three new pictures have been added to the site here, here and here.

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THE COLLECTED FANZINES

The Collected Fanzines is now available for pre-order through Drag City (US) here and Norman Records (UK) here and here. Detailed pictures of the The Collected Fanzines have also been added to the site here. Thanks to Will H.

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AARON ROSE INTERVIEW

In the current issue of Paperback there’s an interview with Aaron Rose in which his upcoming Harmony Korine retrospective book is mentioned, saying of its progress, “I have a hard-drive full of his work, it’s all there, we just need to start laying it out.” The magazine also features two pages of images by Korine (here and here) along with a page of photographs of a young Korine in 1995, taken by Ari Marcopoulos (here).

In the interview Rose is at one point asked about how how Korine is often portrayed as an eccentric and whether that’s truthful, to which he answers, giving more details of the retrospective book:

To be honest, he’s not that far off. Harmony is Harmony. Obviously he’s a human being, he’s not a cartoon as he sometimes comes off in the press, but his personality is his personality and he can be pretty out there! Even on a personal level. When you get to know someone, it’s just like anything, it’s not weird anymore. I don’t even notice it until I’m with him somewhere and I see other people’s reaction and think, “he is acting strange!” You get used to it – people are who they are. I think in Harmony’s case, sure he is an eccentric but all artists are, and that’s what’s magic about that guy. His mind processes information differently than other people, that’s why he can come up with some of the things that he comes up with.

There’s another side of him of course, he’s a human being trying to maneuver through life and figure out what’s next and – especially in the world that he is in, making the kind of films that he makes – it can be a treacherous path. Sometimes he can get very real about it, he’s not joking around all the time but you know, Harmony is Harmony.

Anyway, his book will be amazing and if it’s not published through Alleged Press then we’ll find somebody else who’s interested to put it out. The work is just too good! It will definitely happen.

That project has taken us a bit longer to get around to; Harmony had a fire at his house in Connecticut a few years back and thought that all of his possessions were burned! Only recently, he found these plastic tubs full of artwork, photographs and writings; they’re all burned around the edges which is going to make his retrospective book really interesting because half of the material is going to have water stains and burn marks on it.

Rose is hoping to release the retrospective book in Autumn 2009. Thanks to acid.

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UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US

Until The Light Takes Us will have its world premiere at the American Film Institute Festival on Friday, October 31, at 7:30PM. The screening will take place at the ArcLight Theater in Los Angeles and will be followed by a second screening on November 5 (Wednesday, 3:00PM) at Mann’s Chinese Theater. Until The Light Takes Us is a feature-length documentary on the black metal scene in Norway, directed by Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell. The film features an interview with Harmony Korine. For more information about the film and where else it may be playing see the MySpace page here.

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