Controversial filmmaker who took an unflinching look at teenage rebelliousness, violence, and culture in films like Kids from 1995.
He was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. His experience led him to the publication of the photograph book Tulsa about drug use.
His film Bully featured seemingly underage children using profanities and engaging in sexual activities, earning him a national ban in Australia and strong denouncements elsewhere.
He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, inheriting his love of photography from his mother.
He influenced directors like Gus Van Sant and Martin Scorsese.