“Collected Harmony,” Dustin Lynn’s contemplative short film, features cult indie director Harmony Korine describing his early introduction to the art of filmmaking and his intuitive approach to constructing a story through images. An ambient score whisks a succession of shots across the screen, from a shell-studded beach and the roll of ocean waves to a sepia-tinged festival and people conversing in a darkened club, their faces briefly illuminated by camera flashes. Korine’s relaxed rumination about filmmaking plays in the background.
Lynn shot the film during an interlude from the Venice Film Festival, where Korine’s forthcoming “Spring Breakers” had its world premiere at the Palazzo del Cinema venue.
“Spring Breakers” is no departure from the controversial and provocative vision of American youth that Korine has been honing since he wrote the screenplay for “Kids” at 18 years old. But much has changed since “Kids” was slapped with an NC-17 rating and stirred up controversy for its blunt portrayal of drugs, sex, and violence in NYC youth culture. Unlike the unknown “street kids” assembled for the cast of “Kids,” “Spring Breakers” stars ex-Disney divas, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens, and ABC Family’s Ashley Benson. Korine is no longer an unknown skateboarder hanging around Washington Square Park; he’s achieved full cult status from the success of “Kids” and his later films, “Gummo” and “Trash Humpers.” The sex, drugs, and violence are still in excess in “Spring Breakers,” of course — and the controversy is sure to come once the film opens in theaters in 2013.
For a gentler, more pensive side of Korine, check out “Collected Harmony” below: