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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

IndieSeen Favorite: Larry Clark

Larry Clark is a legendary photographer, artist and film director. Infamous for his explicit and frank attention to detail, Clark made his directorial debut in 1995 with Kids, scripted by Harmony Korine ( who was only 19 when he wrote it ) from an original story by Larry Clark and Jim Lewis.

A deeply dark disturbing, documentary-like vision of a group of Manhattan teenagers consumed by drug use and unprotected sex, and HIV. It's about a teen (Telly) who's primary intention is to de-virginate as many young girls he can. The irony comes into play when his former girlfriend (Jenni) realizes that she is HIV postive after one encounter. Kids screened In Competition at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and was a cause of controversy at Sundance. The film was distributed by Shining Excalibur, a company created by Miramax especially for the unrated release of Clark's critical and box-office success.

Clark's most recent venture, Destricted (2006) is a compliation of sexually erotic films with different directors that is intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality. It was screened in January last year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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