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.
James Clauer’s short film The Aluminum Fowl, produced by Korine with O’Salvation, has been selected to appear at the Sundance Film Festival (January 19 – 29 in Park City, Utah, USA). The film will also appear in competition at the prestigious Rotterdam Film Festival (January 25 – February 5 in The Netherlands), where it is nominated for the Tiger Award in the short film category. There is a new article about Clauer and his film at nashvillescene.com (December 8); there he says he originally planned to make a documentary on rapper Flavor Flav. Clauer’s cinematographer, Brent Stewart, recently directed his own film in Blackberry Winter, also produced by Korine, and the Silver Jews’ music video for How Can I Love You if You Wont Lie Down, which can be seen here.
“Teenage Kicks” (i-D, November 1995) and “Highway to Hell” (Visionaire, Summer 1997) have been added to the site, along with scans (“Teenage Kicks” – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / “Highway to Hell” – 1, 2, 3). Thanks to Eddie Austin for these. An image of Korine and Silver Jews’ Dave Berman protestesting at a Nashville anti-immigration rally can be found on this page of the Vice Magazine website and in the October issue. Thanks to Vincent for this news.
Korine’s Mister Lonely will reportedly begin filming in February.
Trasteverine, the clothing label of Michalyn Andrews and Brian Frank, have had friend Harmony Korine photograph pieces from their Spring 2006 collected, titled “Silk Power.” An article about Trasteverine can be found on the lower right side of this page here, and the official site is trasteverine.com. Both links include Korine’s photos. Thanks to Chris Lusher.
Screen Daily provide more news of Mister Lonely on their website, saying, “60s icon Anita Pallenberg is to play the Queen Of England, Denis Lavant will portray Charlie Chaplin, Samantha Morton is Marilyn Monroe and Diego Luna will play a Michael Jackson impersonator.” The budget is given as $9.5 million and filming is to take place in the north of Scotland, France and French Guyana. Marcel Zyskind (Code 46, 9 Songs) is also confirmed as cinematographer, and Avi Korine, Harmony’s brother, is co-writer of the screenplay. The film will be a production of O’Salvation, Love Streams and ARTE (France). Thanks to Edward Smith.
In Tokion magazine’s latest issue, with Chloe Sevigny on the cover, they and others celebrate their heroes. There is an article by Korine, where he talks about his, boxer Manny Pacquiao, which can be read here. We’ve added a few more pictures of Korine to the site: 1, 2, 3; and images of the Gummo laserdisc (thanks to Eddie Austin): front, back, disc. Articles: “Manz Alive!” (1997), “Cassavetes on Cassavetes” (2001), “Exhibition B” (2003), “Chloe’s Class” (1998) and “Clark Snaps Another Shot of Paradise” (1998).
O’Salvation, it’s written in an article on nashvillescene.com, have produced two new films by Nashville locals, with James Clauer’s half-hour The Aluminum Fowl (“a semi-documentary about black Louisiana cockfighters”) and Brent Stewart’s Blackberry Winter (“a post-apocalyptic mood piece, strikingly shot in high-contrast black-and-white”). According to the article, the two films will appear in festivals before being released on a single DVD. Thanks to baal. Further searching of Nashville Scene also finds a small note that Korine wanted actor Timothy Carey (1929 – 1994) to appear in Gummo. Korine’s Mister Lonely was to begin filming in this month of October, it was said before, but we do not know if this went ahead.