Last month, at a 20th anniversary screening of Kids, Hamilton Harris premiered a teaser for his forthcoming documentary about the skate kids who were featured in Larry Clark’s seminal film. When we spoke to Harris about The Kids, he still hadn’t released the teaser to the public, but now it’s online, via a newly launched Kickstarter.
With the recent 20th anniversary of Kids, we’ve been talking about Lower East Side fixture Leo Fitzpatrick quite a bit lately. Just one more thing: you’re going to want to catch his coke-snorting cameo in The Mend, a new comedic drama out August 21.
Last week, when creators and cast members of Kids got together at BAM for a 20th anniversary reunion, producer Carry Woods recalled showing the film to a reporter friend before its premiere at Sundance in 1995. “She loved it,” he said, “and it ended up being on the cover of New York magazine.” The hype surrounding Lynn Hirschberg’s story in the June 5, 1995 issue helped make the film a sensation. Here then, for your reading pleasure, is that story, which documents the buzzed-about premiere, the controversy that was already building around the film, and (our favorite part) Harmony Korine bopping around Soho in a wig, throwing firecrackers at everyone.
It was kind of surreal watching Rosario Dawson, Chloe Sevigny, and Harmony Korine walk the red carpet at BAM last night, before the 20th anniversary screening of Kids. Sure, they’re all part of the Hollywood establishment at this point (when I rolled up to the Peter Jay Sharp Building, Sevigny was signing DVDs of her films), but you can’t help but think of them as, well, the kids that Larry Clark plucked out of obscurity over two decades ago for his controversial work of cinema verite.
At times the Lowline, an underground park planned near the Delancey and Essex street stops, seems like a distant imagining for the Lower East Side, in an area particularly devoid of public green space. The idea was first thought up in 2009 by James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, and as a way of keeping the dream alive their organization has engaged the community on multiple levels. Most recently, the Lowline has tapped into the imaginations of local kids who have turned out surprising results.
For 15 years, Melissa Scott and her business partner Annie Ju have been personal shoppers for celebrities and politicians. Last week, the self-described “cool style facilitators” grand-opened their new East Village boutique for kids and families.
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Earlier this year Larry Clark practically gave away hundreds of his snapshots and then celebrated his birthday with many rounds of free beer. But this is the main event: on Saturday, Luhring Augustine launches an exhibition of his work from 1961 to the present, starting with his earliest portrait (taken with a camera he borrowed from his mom) and also including his more recent sculptures and paintings.
Kids grows up so fast! Next month will be the 19th anniversary of the movie that scared the shit out of baby-boomer parents and made every teenager this side of Tulsa want to pick up a skateboard, move to NYC, and break into the nearest public swimming pool. Chloe, Rosario, and Leo Fitzpatrick went on to achieve their fair share of fame, and the rest of the kids will be featured in a forthcoming documentary titled — you guessed it — The Kids. But this month it’s the film’s creators who are in the spotlight, thanks to these exhibitions.
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