Todd Haynes

Ruth Goldberg

in Cinema and Media Studies

ISBN: 9780199791286
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:
Todd Haynes

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Born in Los Angeles, California, on 2 January 1961, Todd Haynes is one of America’s most important and original independent film directors. Haynes grew up in Southern California and studied semiotics at Brown University, where he began to experiment with film in the 1980s. He later went on to attend the MFA program in film at Bard College, where he directed Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987), the first of several of his films to spark a unique combination of critical acclaim, cult following, and legal controversy. He is known for his bold experimentation with form, repeatedly demonstrating his strongly held belief that content is not the sole defining characteristic of Queer Cinema. His innovative, lush, and often unsettling films have tended to explore themes of alienation, identity, celebrity, fandom, and the pathology of suburban life in the United States. Haynes’s work has been the subject of sustained academic interest among scholars who work on the topics of Queer Cinema and American independent film. To date, Haynes has written and directed two short films, five feature films, and one television miniseries.

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