Whether viewed as auteur or provocateur, writer-director Harmony Korine's body of work, including "Kids" (1995), "Gummo" (1997) and "Spring Breakers" (2013), offered some of the most unique, disturbing visions in American arthouse cinema. Korine's features orbited a darkly comic world populated by dysfunctional families, mentally disturbed protagonists, and characters driven by poverty, circumstance and fate to indulge in behavior that repulsed and amazed critics and audiences. He began as a teenager, penning the abrasive "Kids" for director Larry Clark before making his directorial debut with "Gummo," a nightmarish drama about the unhinged residents of a hurricane-ravaged town. Both films minted Korine as the latest enfant terrible of independent film, though his most supportive critics insisted his features, though often difficult to watch, were more than collages of unpleasant imagery and more akin to an exploration of American life at its most extreme and mundane, which placed Korine on par with such filmmakers as John Cassavetes, Robert Altman and Terrence Malick. Korine's aesthetic changed with each project, moving from the polished dream structure of "Mister Lonely" (2007) to the ultra-lo-fi photography of "Trash Humpers" (2009) and Hollywood genre film turned on its ear with "Spring Breakers" (2013). Loved and loathed with equal degrees of fervor, Harmony Korine cemented his position as one of the most fearless independent filmmakers of the 20th century and beyond.