Tom Kalin

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Director, writer, producer, educator, activist, Kalin is a leading light of the "new wave" in gay filmmaking. He started out by writing and directing a variety of short films and videos for the museum circuit, including ... Read more »

Filmography

Director (11)

Savage Grace 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

That Poured Its Hot Breath 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Confirmed Bachelor 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

30 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Darling Child 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Nomads 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Nation 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Finally Destroy Us 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

they are lost to vision altogether 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

News From Home 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (11)

Savage Grace 2008 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Go Fish 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Confirmed Bachelor 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

Darling Child 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nomads 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Nation 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Finally Destroy Us 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

they are lost to vision altogether 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

News From Home 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (3)

Office Killer 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

Office Killer 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Editor (2)

Savage Grace 2008 (Movie)

(Editor)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Production Management (1)

Tree Shade 1998 (Movie)

(Post-Production Supervisor)
Other (1)

Signal to Noise: Life With Television 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Director, writer, producer, educator, activist, Kalin is a leading light of the "new wave" in gay filmmaking. He started out by writing and directing a variety of short films and videos for the museum circuit, including "Puppets", "Gesicht", "finally destroy us", "News From Home" and "They Are Lost to Vision Altogether". The latter two have been exhibited at numerous international festival venues. Kalin also worked for three years as a producer of AIDS educational materials.

Kalin made his feature debut with "Swoon" (1991), a stylized meditation on the notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case. The facts of the case--two young, wealthy, gay Jewish men pled guilty to the senseless murder of a 14-year old heir, with defense attorney Clarence Darrow trying to avoid the death penalty by invoking the mitigating circumstance of "sexual perversity"--had provided fuel for two previous screen outings, Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" (1948) and Richard Fleischer's "Compulsion" (1959). Kalin's more ambivalent version of the story foregrounds the relationship between the pair and incorporates elements of fantasy, as well as pointed anachronisms which highlight the continuing relevance of the case. Photographed in elegant black-and-white, the film suggests visual influences ranging from Calvin Klein ads to Bette Davis film noirs.

Milestones

2008

Directed second feature length film, "Savage Grace," a follow-up to "Swoon"

2003

Directed the short film, "The Robots of Sodom"

1999

Helmed "Third Known Nest," a collection of nine short works completed approximately one each year from 1991 to 1999

1997

Co-wrote the comedy-horror film "Office Killer" directed by Cindy Sherman

1996

Produced the independent film, "I Shot Andy Warhol"

1996

Directed the short film, "Plain Pleasures" with Frances McDormand

1994

Produced the lesbian-themed independent drama, "Go Fish"

1993

Helmed a documentary short film about the fashion designer, "Geoffrey Beene 30"

1992

Feature directing debut, "Swoon"

Debut short film "They Are Lost to Vision Altogether," about media treatment of AIDS issues

Worked as a producer for AIDSFILMS, which produces prevention information for communities of color

Bonus Trivia

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"I long for the day," muses Kalin, "when gay subject matter doesn't need to be bracketed by saying it's a gay film. If a gay film means there is an upfront representation of a gay person, then I could claim for gay history the show "Bewitched." I could retroactively claim lots of films as gay, but that would be a little disingenuous." - Kalin to Premiere magazine, October 1992

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