In one of the most unusual local film screenings in memory, now Nashville-based filmmaker Harmony Korine (screenwriter of Kids, director Gummo) will present his highly controversial film Trash Humpers at the Hi-Tone Café tonight.
Rated as the most critically divisive film in the database at Indiewire.com, Korine's film depicts masked figures doing all kinds of outlandish and disturbing things (the film's title being a tip-off) and is presented as a 35mm blow-up of a lousy VHS tape.
The Chicago Reader bluntly judged Trash Humpers — which I haven't seen — an "interminable piece of crap." The Village Voice, while concluding that the film overstays its welcome, approvingly labeled it "a gloriously desultory slap in the face of public taste" and fixed it in the lineage of classic midnight-movie provocations such as Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures and John Waters' Pink Flamingos.
Trash Humpers will screen at 9 p.m. tonight at the Hi-Tone Cafe, alongside local works from filmmakers Ben Siler and Cole Weintraub. A post-screening rock show will feature The Ross Johnson Project with Richard James. Admission is $8.