Ken Park (2002)

Larry Clark’s controversial 2002 film “Ken Park,” written by Harmony Korine, was filmed primarily in the town of Visalia, California.  The opening credits show a montage of the titular character, Ken Park, riding his skateboard around Visalia.

Ken passes this mural at the corner of S Court St and E Acequia Ave, which surprisingly remains unchanged nearly twenty years later.

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LOCATION: 116 S Court St, Visalia, CA 93291

He jumps his skateboard off these stairs at Redwood High School.

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LOCATION: 1001 W Main St, Visalia, CA 93921

He then passes the Visalia Community Covenant Church.

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LOCATION: 315 N Conyer St, Visalia, CA 93291

He then makes his way to Provident Skatepark, where the montage ends in violence.  The skatepark is still open and actively used by skaters.  While it is listed as being on W Murray Ave, it is easiest to access by driving along N Jacob St.  A building blocks the view, but if you turn next to the railroad tracks and drive down what looks like a parking lot, you’ll reach the park.

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LOCATION: 1035 W Murray Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

One scene not filmed in Visalia is when Claude’s abusive father, along with his buddy, go out trying to pick up prostitutes at Circus Liquor, located in North Hollywood.  The liquor store and large clown sign was also seen in “Clueless,” “The Living End,” the 2005 remake of “The Bad News Bears” and Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Murder Was the Case.”

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LOCATION: 5600 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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Bully (2001)

Larry Clark’s overlooked 2001 masterpiece “Bully” shot mostly in the suburban towns of Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, Florida.  The film is based on true events, using the real neighborhoods (but not the actual locations) where the tragic events unfolded as a backdrop.  These areas are relatively small and most of the filming locations are actually within minutes of each other.

Lisa, played by Rachel Miner, lives at this lakeside residence, when she begins dating Marty, played by the late Brad Renfro.

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LOCATION: 2251 Dogwood Ct, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Lisa’s concerned friend Claudia works at this Pizza Hut, which is still in business.

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LOCATION: 11091 Sheridan St, Hollywood, FL 33026

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Donny, played by Michael Pitt and Derek, played by Daniel Franzese, hang out at this store, which was depicted as an arcade in the film.  It can be found behind the Pizza Hut in the same shopping plaza.

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LOCATION: 2505 N Hiatus Rd, Hollywood, FL 33026

Bobby, the titular bully played by Nick Stahl, lives at this house.

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LOCATION: 1820 NW 113th Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Derek, Lisa’s cousin, lives at this residence, which is similar looking to Lisa’s place.

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LOCATION: 11080 Redwood Ave, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

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