Harold Hunter, who played Harold in Kids (1995) and was also a skater with the Zoo York team, died on the February 17 of a heart attack. The New York Post report of his death can be found here. An online memorial has been set up here. A message left there, signed with the name Harmony Korine, reads:
harold this breaks my heart. your a legend of the street. you lived your life always on your own terms. the funniest bastard i ever knew. i knew you since we were boys. i remember at 13 sleeping at your apartment on 13st and your front door was missing. it was always about joking, always laughing and always moving on. you repped nyc to the fullest, a delinquint icon. you know you will never be forgotton. you will live on in the minds and hearts of so many. its all so vivd, that smile and laugh. i know your on the other side now with justin and you guys are lovin it. you did this world up. rest now my friend. i will miss you dearly. save me a spot and keep an eye out from above. your brother always….
See haroldhunter.com for more information.
Celluloid Dreams have more news of Mister Lonely, with new cast and story information. Jean-Pierre Leaud will act, playing a character by the name of Renard. Jeremy Scott is also confirmed as costume designer. The story, they say, is of “a young American man lost in Paris. He scratches out a living as a Michael Jackson look-alike, dancing on the streets, public parks, tourist spots and trade shows. Different from everyone else – he feels as if heís floating between two worlds. During a car show Michael Jackson meets Marilyn Monroe. Haunted by her angelic beauty he follows her to a commune in the Highlands, joining her husband Charlie Chaplin and her daughter Shirley Temple. A place where everyone is famous and no-one gets old. Here, The Pope, The Queen of England, Madonna, James Dean and other impersonators build a stage in the hope that the world will visit and watch them perform. Nuns fall out of airplanes and children ride pigs. Everything is beautiful. Until the world shifts, and reality intrudes on their utopian dream.” Thanks to Chris Lusher.
Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard are the directors of a new documentary entitled Beautiful Losers. The documentary, which shares its name and subject with a recent art exhibition co-curated by Rose, examines an American art movement that began in the 1990s. Korine will appear in the film, as will Ed Templeton, Larry Clark, Mark Gonzales, Spike Jonze and a number of others. According to IMDb, the film entered post-production on February 2 of this year. The official website for the film is beautifullosersthemovie.com.
Weston S., who currently attends the same school as Korine once did, has been so kind as to send us scans of Korine’s old class pictures. The pictures can be found here.
The March issues of Dazed and Confused and i-D magazine feature interviews with Korine. Both are available on the site now, thanks to baal from the forum. “On Syrup & Sprinting,” from Dazed and Confused, can be read here. i-D‘s article, “The Most Known Unknown,” can be read here. The i-D article says that Korine is now with fiancee and that a later issue of the magazine will have a report from the set of Mister Lonely. Autumn is also given as the time for the release of The Collected Fanzines, a book by Korine.
In an interview with Time Out London (February 3), director Werner Herzog explains that he’ll be playing a part in Korine’s next film, Mister Lonely, which possibly begins filming this month. Although not mentioned in the article, Herzog’s role, others have claimed, is as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator. In the same interview, when asked about his attraction to Korine’s films, Herzog says, “Well his films are very, very different from mine. But I think that there is a similar quest from that man. I think that he is looking for a different grammar of images and I’m into that as well.”
James Clauer’s The Aluminum Fowl is currently available for viewing on the Sundance Film Festival website. The Aluminum Fowl, which appeared in the Short Filmmaking competition at the festival, is “a glimpse of four brothers’ daily obsessions with chickens, rap music and aliens.” For Sundance, the film was cut from it’s original 22-minute duration to 13-minutes. Unfortunately it did not win the category’s prize, with that instead going to Bugcrush and The Wraith of Cobble Hill in a tie (announced on the January 28). The Aluminum Fowl also appeared in in its original length at the Rotterdam Film Festival on January 26 and 27, where it again did not come away with the award.
Harmony Korine has directed the music video for Living Proof, the first single from Cat Power’s latest album The Greatest. The video, which debuted on MTV2’s Subterranean in London on the January 22, was shot by Lee Daniel (Slacker, Dazed and Confused) and produced by Margaret Brown (director of Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt, also shot by Daniel). Explaining the video, Korine has said, “It’s a race, a cultural sprint to the finish line. It’s a somewhat abstract interpretation of our cultural and political climate, and is meant to be open to interpretation. The racial, social and religious imagery was chosen for the weight they carry, but not meant to suggest anything specific. This relates to Cat Power’s lyrics, which are both personal and universal, even as their exact meaning isn’t immediately clear.” The video is available for viewing on the site here.