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Harmony Korine was born on 4 January 1973, in Bolinas, California USA, of Jewish descent. Harmony is a screenwriter and director, known for working on a variety of films, including “Kids”, “Julien Donkey-Boy”, “Mister Lonely”, and “Spring Breakers”. He also created the film “Trash Humpers” which went on to win at the Toronto International Film Festival. All of his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Harmony Korine? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth that is at $3 million, mostly earned through a successful career in film. He has also won several other awards for his work, including the DOX Award during the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. As he continues his work, it is expected that his wealth will increase.

Harmony Korine Net Worth $3 million

Growing up, Harmony would develop an interest in films thanks to his father who was a documentary producer; he watched theatre productions, circuses, and carnivals. He attended Hillsboro High School and later moved to New York City. He continued frequenting productions and would later study Business Administration. He also studied Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for one semester before dropping out.

Harmony’s first project was the film “Kids” – starring Rosario Dawson and Chloe Sevigny both in their first movie roles – about the drug and sex filled lives of teenagers in Manhattan during the AIDS crisis; it received mixed reviews though it later developed into a cult film. Afterwards, Korine was given funding to produce the film “Gummo” which only had five experienced actors during production. Despite rejections by mainstream critics, the film would win top prizes at the Venice Film Festival, and it would also earn a cult classic status. In 1998 he worked on “The Diary of Anne Frank Pt II” which further disgusted critics and established his reputation for shocking scenes. At this point, his net worth was slowly building up.

Korine’s next project would be “Julien Donkey- Boy” which is about a man suffering from untreated schizophrenia; once again the film achieved cult status. Harmony then went on to appear in “The Devil, The Sinner, and His Journey”, then wrote the script for “Ken Park” though he had no involvement during the production. He also started working with David Blaine, beginning with 2003’s “Above the Below” in which Blaine was suspended in a Plexiglas box – he has since worked with the street magician on numerous productions. His next film would be “Mister Lonely” which was a film with around an $8 million budget, which received mixed reviews and performed poorly in the box office. In 2007, he would take part in the documentary “Beautiful Losers” which focused on his career and life.

2009 saw the premiere of the film “Trash Humpers” which went on to win a top award during the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival. He also released the short film “Umshini Wam” two years later. One of his latest projects is the drama “Spring Breakers” which starred Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, James Franco, and Vanessa Hudgens; the film was appreciated by reviewers, unlike many of his previous works.

Aside from his films, Harmony has also written a number of books, and photographic collections. He has also directed several commercials and music videos throughout his career, even co-writing songs. The numerous opportunities presented to him have helped increase his net worth.

For his personal life, it is known that Korine had a relationship with Chloe Sevigny in the late-1990s. Later, he would meet and eventually marry actress Rachel Simon Korine, in 2007: they have a child.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 4, 1973
Birth place: Bolinas, California, United States
Height:5' 8" (1.73 m)
Profession:Film director, screenwriter, producer
Education:Hillsboro High School, Dramatic Writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts
Nationality:American
Spouse:Rachel Korine (m. 2007)
Children:Lefty Bell Korine
Parents:Sol Korine, Eve Korine
Siblings:Avi Korine
Awards:Future Film Festival Digital Award - Special Mention, CPH:DOX Award (2009), Best Art Direction/Special Jury Award - Gijón International Film Festival (1999), Special Jury Award, Gotham Awards - Open Palm Award - Special Mention (1997), FIPRESCI Prize - Honorable Mention (Venice Film Festival (Venice Film Festival), 1997)
Record labels:Domino Recording Company, Headphone Dust, Spaceman®
Nominations:Grand Prix Asturias - Best Feature, Film Independent Spirit Awards, Indiewire Critics' Poll - Best Director (2013)
Movies:“Kids”, “Julien Donkey-Boy” (1999), “Mister Lonely”, “Spring Breakers” (2012), “Trash Humpers” (2009), “Beautiful Losers” (2007 (2007), documentary), “Gummo” (1997)
TV shows:“The Devil, The Sinner, and His Journey”, “Ken Park”, “Above the Below” (2003), “The Diary of Anne Frank Pt II” (1998)
Albums:Songs in A&E (2008), Insurgentes (2008), Gummo (1998)
Books:A Crack Up at the Race Riots (1998), Collected Screenplays (2002), Kids: A Film by Larry Clark (1995), Pass the Bitch Chicken (2001), Trash Humpers (2010 (2010), Illustrator), Pigxote (2009)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1In 2013, while James Franco was promoting the Korine-directed Spring Breakers, Franco asked David Letterman to comment on the rumor that Korine had been banned from appearing on Letterman's talk show during the late 1990s. After demurring, Letterman finally confirmed that Korine had indeed been banned, and revealed the reason why: Meryl Streep was also a guest on the same day that Korine was scheduled to be on, and Letterman said that he "went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and say 'welcome to the show,' and I [knock on the door]...and she was not in there. And I looked around, and I found...Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said, 'Okay, that's it, put her things back in her bag and then get out.'".
2Readily admits that he was often stoned when he appeared on David Letterman's show during the mid-1990s, when he felt like he 'was a kid'.
3In 1997, Janet Maslin of The New York Times called his movie Gummo (1997) the worst film of the year.
4Has an unfinished "slapstick comedy" film in which he goads bigger men into getting into fights with him. Korine says it consists "entirely of me getting beat up".
5Brother of Avi Korine.
6Named his top ten favorite films of all time in a December 1999 issue of Dazed & Confused: Pixote (1981), Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), Fat City (1972), Stroszek (1977), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Out of the Blue (1980) and Hail Mary (1985).
7Has one daughter with wife Rachel Korine, Lefty Bell Korine.
8His parents live in Panama, which is why he chose to film sections of Mister Lonely (2007) within that country.
9Briefly changed his name to Laird Henn. It never stuck, but there is a song by the band Sun City Girls that contains a phone message left by Harmony on one of the members' answering machines, where he introduces himself as Laird Henn.
10Has a tattoo of a trident on his right hand.
11Attended film school at NYU but dropped out after only one semester.
12Attended high school at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
13Has claimed that The Basketball Diaries (1995) author Jim Carroll was in attendance at his birth and cut his umbilical cord. (Carroll was living in Bolinas at the time, as indicated in his book 'Forced Entries'.) Carroll and Korine are now friends and collaborators.
14Wrote lyrics with Björk for her song "Harm of Will" from the album "Vespertine".
15His father, Sol Korine, made documentary films in Georgia for PBS.
16Directed the video for Sonic Youth's "Sunday" starring Macaulay Culkin and Rachel Miner.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Often depicts teenagers doing violent and disturbing things (i.e. drug abuse, incest, sex addiction, murder)
2Films (with the exception of Mister Lonely (2007)) depict decadence in America.
3Utilizes a variety of aesthetic styles and modes, ranging from VHS tape for Trash Humpers (2009) and blown up DV tape for Julien Donkey-Boy (1999) to neon-soaked fine grain 35mm for Spring Breakers (2012). He even varies aspect ratios from film to film.
4The movies he directs rarely have a linear plot and are often made up of pieces of events that are highly symbolic and/or metaphorical.


Quotes

#Quote
1[on Mister Lonely (2007)] I basically started thinking in terms of images that really have nothing to do with anything. Just simple images. I started dreaming about flying nuns, falling out of airplanes and praying the whole way down and surviving. Then I started to fixate upon specific images and characters. One of them was the idea of a Michael Jackson impersonator walking the streets of Paris. I had these different images although they really don't have anything to do with one another. But I knew that there was something in there that I was trying to get out, a unified idea, but I wasn't sure how to say it. [2007]
2[on his cinematic inspirations for Spring Breakers (2012)] A lot of it came from things I'd experimented with when shooting ads and trying different techniques. The movie I watched most, believe it or not, was Michael Mann's Miami Vice (2006). The reason I love his movies, and that movie in particular, is I could feel the place. When I watch that film, I don't even pay attention to what they're saying or the storyline. I love the colors, I love the texture. [2012]
3[on his life after directing Gummo (1997) ] I felt like Clint Eastwood except you know, from a different time and different place. I'm thinking about the Clint Eastwood with the orangutan [Every Which Way But Loose (1978)]. It's hard to say things without coming off in a certain way, but at a young age, I felt very driven. All I ever wanted to be is a soldier of cinema.
4I never really feel wrong while making movies. I know myself and I know that my intentions are pure and I'm on the side of righteousness... I always wanted the films to play in malls, and I wanted as many people as possible to see them. I never want them to be marginalized in the kind of rarefied, elitist world. I always have hopes that the films will permeate culture in a big way. A lot of times I'm wrong, but it's always the hope.
5[on his unfinished film "Fight Harm" where he randomly picked fights with real people] I wanted to make the great American comedy that would just consist entirely of me getting beat up, like a condensed slapstick comedy where you slip on a banana peel. I was really just trying to give people the greatest laugh of their life.
6Cinema sustains life. It captures death in its progress.
7When I was a child the temptation to sin was always a romantic option. This romantic option lead me to the cinema, a place where sin was welcome.
8When I'm directing films, I mostly try to create an environment on set that mimics what's in my mind, as to the tone and feel of things. I try to create a place where you feel that anything's possible. Everyone's in character all the time to a degree, everyone's in costume all the time. You want to create an environment where these characters really exist, and then it's about me finding it. A lot of times, I'll give six or seven different scripts out with alternate endings, with different character lines, with different pieces of dialogue. A lot of times, the actors think they're working on different films.[2008]
9I never cared so much about making perfect sense. I wanted to make perfect nonsense. I wanted to tell jokes, but I didn't give a fuck about the punch line.
10After 100 years, films should be getting really complicated. The novel has been reborn about 400 times, but it's like cinema is stuck in the birth canal.
11[on meeting David Blaine] The first time I hung out with him, he took me to this condemned building, and it had a pizza oven [inside], and he crawled into the pizza oven and turned the heat on to 400 degrees, or something like that, and he stayed in it for, I guess, a half hour. He came out, and except for one or two second-degree burns, he was unscathed. You meet a lot of musicians and filmmakers and actors, but it's rare to meet someone who can step inside a pizza oven and take the heat. I was intrigued by that.
12If Richard Wagner lived today, he would probably work with film instead of music. He already knew back then that the 'Great Art Form' would include a sort of fourth dimension; it was really film he was talking about.
13What I remember myself from films, and what I love about films, is specific scenes and characters.


Pictures

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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013Filmmaker on the Edge AwardProvincetown International Film Festival
2012Future Film Festival Digital Award - Special MentionVenice Film FestivalSpring Breakers (2012)
2009CPH:DOX AwardCPH:DOXTrash Humpers (2009)
1999Best Art DirectionGijón International Film FestivalJulien Donkey-Boy (1999)
1998Open Palm Award - Special MentionGotham AwardsGummo (1997)
1998KNF AwardRotterdam International Film FestivalGummo (1997)
1997Special Jury AwardGijón International Film FestivalGummo (1997)
1997FIPRESCI Prize - Honorable MentionVenice Film FestivalGummo (1997)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest DirectorSpring Breakers (2012)
2012Golden LionVenice Film FestivalSpring Breakers (2012)
2007Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalMister Lonely (2007)
2000Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorJulien Donkey-Boy (1999)
1999Grand Prix AsturiasGijón International Film FestivalBest FeatureJulien Donkey-Boy (1999)
1999Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalJulien Donkey-Boy (1999)
1998Open Palm AwardGotham AwardsGummo (1997)
1997Grand Prix AsturiasGijón International Film FestivalBest FeatureGummo (1997)
1996Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest First ScreenplayKids (1995)


Filmography

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rihanna: Needed Me2016Video short
Spring Breakers2012
The Fourth Dimension2012segment "The Lotus Community Workshop"
Rebel2011/IIShort segment "Caput"
Snowballs2011Short
Curb Dance2011Video short
Umshini Wam2011Short
42 One Dream Rush2010Short
Act Da Fool2010Short
Mac and Plak2010Short
Trash Humpers2009
Mister Lonely2007
Corporate Ghost2004Video video "Sunday"
David Blaine: Above the Below2003TV Movie documentary
Stop for a Minute2001TV Series documentary short
Julien Donkey-Boy1999
David Blaine: Magic Man1998TV Movie documentary segment director
The Diary of Anne Frank Part II1998Short
Gummo1997

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Crackup at the Race Riots2015Documentary
Spring Breakers2012written by
The Fourth Dimension2012writer - segment "The Lotus Community Workshop"
Lettres de suicide2011Short writer
Rebel2011/IIShort
Snowballs2011Short
Curb Dance2011Video short
Umshini Wam2011Short
Act Da Fool2010Short written by
Mac and Plak2010Short written by
Trash Humpers2009
Mister Lonely2007written by
Ken Park2002screenplay
Julien Donkey-Boy1999
The Diary of Anne Frank Part II1998Short writer
Gummo1997written by
Kids1995written by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Manglehorn2014Gary
Stoker2013Mr. Feldman
Curb Dance2011Video short
Trash Humpers2009Hervé
Last Days2005Guy in Club
Good Will Hunting1997Jerve (uncredited)
Gummo1997Boy on Couch
Kids1995Club Kid (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Double2013associate producer
The Dirty Ones2009Short executive producer
Mister Lonely2007producer
Blackberry Winter2006Short executive producer
The Aluminum Fowl2006Short executive producer

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Snowballs2011Short
Act Da Fool2010Short
Mac and Plak2010Short
Trash Humpers2009

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Blaine: Dive of Death2008TV Movie documentary magic consultant - as Harmony Korrine
Good Will Hunting1997consultant: jail

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Light Sleeper1992art department assistant

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
David Blaine: Street Magic1996TV Movie documentary gaffer - as Harmony

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wearacknowledgment completed
Computer Hearts2015Short special thanks
The Strange & Mysterious Life of Jackson Bean2015TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Palo Alto2013special thanks
I Used to Be Darker2013special thanks
The Debridement of Rome2012Short acknowledgment
Submarine2010special thanks
The Colonel's Bride2010thanks
Party Girl2004Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. X, a Vision of Leos Carax2014Documentary
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2013TV SeriesHimself
Reel Junkie2013TV SeriesHimself
Cinema 32013TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2013TV SeriesHimself
Sleepless Nights Stories2011Himself
The Advocate for Fagdom2011DocumentaryHimself
Durch die Nacht mit...2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Lonely2009DocumentaryHimself
Until the Light Takes Us2008DocumentaryHimself - Filmmaker
Imagine2008TV Series documentaryHimself
New Film Nation2008TV Series documentary
Beautiful Losers2008DocumentaryHimself
Tracks2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Stop for a Minute2001TV Series documentary shortHimself
The Name of This Film Is Dogme952000DocumentaryHimself
The 72nd Annual Academy Awards2000TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Late Show with David Letterman1995-1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest

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