Todd Haynes

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Known for making provocative movies that undercut standard genre tropes, writer-director Todd Haynes became associated with the so-called New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s, as coined by Sight & Sound ... Read more »
Born: 01/02/1961 in Encino, California, USA

Filmography

Producer (14)

Certain Women 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Night Moves 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last of Robin Hood 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Meek's Cutoff 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wendy and Lucy 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Old Joy 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Quinceanera 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Anemone Me 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Oreos With Attitude 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

He Was Once 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Divina 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cause and Effect 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Muddy Hands 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (14)

Carol 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Six by Sondheim 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Segment Director

Mildred Pierce 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Director

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Safe 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Dottie Gets Spanked 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Poison 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Sex Shop 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Letter From a Friend 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

The Suicide 1977 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (10)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

I'm Not There 2007 (Movie)

(Story By)

Far From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

(From Story)

Office Killer 1997 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Safe 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dottie Gets Spanked 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Poison 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (6)

Great Directors 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

Phrenology Head (Actor)

He Was Once 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)
Editor (1)

Poison 1991 (Movie)

(Editor)

Biography

Known for making provocative movies that undercut standard genre tropes, writer-director Todd Haynes became associated with the so-called New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s, as coined by Sight & Sound critic B. Ruby Rich, even though Haynes long maintained that he was more than just a director of gay movies. He burst onto the scene with the cult classic short film "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" (1987), which was banned from being seen in public after the pop star's brother, Richard Carpenter, filed a successful lawsuit. He earned further controversy with his first feature length film, "Poison" (1990), a gay-themed film funded by the National Endowment of the Arts that contained graphic depictions of homosexuality and naturally sparked an angry reaction from right-wing circles. But it was his ambitious, if somewhat flawed "Velvet Goldmine" (1998) that announced Haynes as a filmmaker to watch, thanks to that film's "Citizen Kane"-like search for a missing glam rock star. From there, Haynes used the 1950s domestic melodrama to depict repressed sexuality, suburban ennui and forbidden love amidst racial prejudice in "Far From Heaven" (2002), arguably one of his most realized and accessible pictures of his career. He next returned to his experimental roots with "I'm Not There" (2007), an unusual biopic that used six different actors - including one African-American and one female - to depict various aspects of Bob Dylan. Though perhaps not palpable to mainstream audience's tastes, there was no doubt that Haynes remained one of cinema's most challenging inventors.

Relationships

Allen Haynes

Father
Owned sales company c. 1995

Sherry Haynes

Mother

Shawn Haynes

Brother
Born February 1971

Gwendolyn Haynes

Sister
Born March 1964

James Lyons

Companion
Had a six-year relationship in the 1990s portrayed Bolton in 'Homo' section of "Poison" (1991) no longer together

EDUCATION

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York

Oakwood School

North Hollywood , California
An alternate high school

Brown University

Providence , Rhode Island 1985
Attended with Christine Vachon and Barry Ellsworth; graduated with honors

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Great Barrington , Massachusetts
Entered in an early college entrance program

Milestones

2011

Directed the five-hour HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce," starring Kate Winslet in the title role

2007

Helmed the Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There," with the singer-songwriter being portrayed by six actors; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Director

2002

Directed Julianne Moore in the award-winning, "Far From Heaven"; received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay

1998

Directed "Velvet Goldmine," about 1970s glam-rock; also scripted

1997

Contributed additional dialogue to Cindy Sherman's "Office Killer"

1995

Earned critical praise for "Safe," his first feature shot in 35mm; first collaboration with actress Julianne Moore

1993

Returned to the short form for "Dottie Gets Spanked" (aired on NYC's Channel 13 in 1994 and on PBS in 1995)

1992

Appeared as a phrenology head in Tom Kalin's "Swoon"

1990

Wrote and directed first feature, the three-part "Poison," inspired by the works of Jean Genet (made for approximately $200,000)

1989

Served "cease and desist" court order to stop showing "Superstar" by Carpenter estate and A&M Records

1989

Produced short film "He Was Once," directed by Mary Hestand

1987

Won underground cult-figure status with his 43 minute film, "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story"

1987

Formed Apparatus Productions, a non-profit film cooperative that provided resources and money for emerging filmmakers

Helmed the student films; "Suicide," "Letter From a Friend," "Sex Shop" and "Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud"

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