Ken Park

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Ken Park
Ken Park.jpg
Festival release poster
Directed byLarry Clark
Ed Lachman
Produced byKees Kasander
Jean-Louis Piel
Written byLarry Clark
Harmony Korine
StarringAdam Chubbuck
James Bullard
James Ransone
Stephen Jasso
Tiffany Limos
Maeve Quinlan
CinematographyLarry Clark
Ed Lachman
Editing byAndrew Hafitz
StudioKasander Film Company
Cinéa
Distributed byVitagraph Films (US)
A-Film Distribution
(Netherlands)
Fortissimo Films
Release dates
  • August 31, 2002 (2002-08-31) (Telluride)
  • September 10, 2002 (2002-09-10) (Toronto)
  • April 3, 2003 (2003-04-03) (Netherlands)
  • October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08) (France)
Running time96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Netherlands
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1.3 million
 
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Ken Park
Ken Park.jpg
Festival release poster
Directed byLarry Clark
Ed Lachman
Produced byKees Kasander
Jean-Louis Piel
Written byLarry Clark
Harmony Korine
StarringAdam Chubbuck
James Bullard
James Ransone
Stephen Jasso
Tiffany Limos
Maeve Quinlan
CinematographyLarry Clark
Ed Lachman
Editing byAndrew Hafitz
StudioKasander Film Company
Cinéa
Distributed byVitagraph Films (US)
A-Film Distribution
(Netherlands)
Fortissimo Films
Release dates
  • August 31, 2002 (2002-08-31) (Telluride)
  • September 10, 2002 (2002-09-10) (Toronto)
  • April 3, 2003 (2003-04-03) (Netherlands)
  • October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08) (France)
Running time96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Netherlands
France
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1.3 million

Ken Park is a 2002 drama-erotic film written by Harmony Korine, who based it on Larry Clark's journals and stories. The film was directed by Clark and Ed Lachman. The film is an international co-production of the United States, the Netherlands, and France. The film revolves around the abusive and/or dysfunctional home lives of several teenagers, set in the city of Visalia, California.

Plot[edit]

The opening of the film depicts teenager Ken Park (nicknamed "krap nek") skateboarding across Visalia. He arrives at a skate park, where he casually sits in the middle of it, sets up a camcorder, and shoots himself in the head with a handgun. His death is used to set up the rest of the film, which follows the lives of four other teens he used to hang out with, shortly after the suicide.

The film cuts frequently between subplots, with no overlap of characters or events until the end. As Tate is being arrested, Shawn, Claude, and Peaches meet and have sex as a threesome. The ending finally reveals the motive behind Ken Park's suicide: he had impregnated his girlfriend, who responded to his suggestion of abortion by asking if he regretted his mother not aborting him. Concluding that he did, he skates off to kill himself.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Clark attempted to write the first script for Ken Park, basing it on personal experiences and people with whom he had grown up. Dissatisfied with his own draft, he hired Harmony Korine to pen the screenplay. Clark ultimately used most of Korine's script, but rewrote the ending.[citation needed] The film was given a $1.3 million budget. The arrangement was to film using digital video, but Clark and Lachman used 35mm film instead.[citation needed]

Distribution[edit]

Although it was sold for distribution to some 30 countries,[1] the film was not shown in the United Kingdom after director Larry Clark assaulted Hamish McAlpine, the head of the UK distributor for the film, Metro Tartan. Clark is alleged to have been angry over McAlpine's remarks about 9/11. Clark was arrested and spent several hours in custody, and McAlpine was left with a broken nose.[2] The film has not been released in the United States since its initial showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2002. Clark says that this is because of the producer's failure to get copyright releases for the music used.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Police quiz critic after raid By Kirsty Needham, The Age, July 4, 2003. Accessed May 30, 2007
  2. ^ Article in the BBC Collective
  3. ^ "The Nerve Interview: Larry Clark". Nerve. 2006-09-20. 

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