Watch Harmony Korine’s Father Sol Korine’s 1981 PBS Documentary ‘Mouth Music’

Sensational filmmaker and artist Harmony Korine is known for his strangely brutal and oft twisted works that expose the absurdities in everyday life and the unique worlds lying just beneath the surface. And when it comes to the places he loves to inhabit, it’s his affinity for the American south and the particular culture of everyday people that strike him.

When I asked Korine about his attraction to a very certain class and the abandoned landscapes of the south, he explained that:

It’s probably from being a skateboarder and being very young and free and, like, “My parents are letting me do what I want to do,” and spending the summer on rooftops and just floating and hanging with different characters and getting drunk in abandoned parking lots. It becomes that world, that vernacular—it just becomes part of what you know. It’s hard to say what attracts you to a blonde-haired chick with big tits—it’s just like, you go where you go.
But speaking of his parents, Korine’s father Sol Korine was an artist in his own right, making and producing films for PBS. And in 1981, he co-produced a ten-part series with Blaine Dunlap called Southbound which “documented roots music throughout the United States.” Speaking to the doc, The Seventh Art notes that:
Viewed today, it almost seems that Harmony Korine’s directorial works — most notably Trash Humpers (2009) and Gummo (1997) — are nearly an extension of his father’s, both aiming to show the South, in all of its idiosyncratic wonder, as an animate and culturally rich section of America.
You can watch the first episode of the series below, titled Mouth Music, which is a fantastic look into a world that has obviously played a tremendous influence on Harmony and his work. The Seventh Art also refers back to an interview with Death and Taxes in which Korine spoke about his father’s influence and living in the south, saying:
It’s just life there. You see a lot of stuff. But there was an energy: something kind of strange and sinister, something fun, but something bubbling beneath the surface. Something really American.
Check out Mouth Music below.

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