TODD HAYNES is an acclaimed American independent film director and screenwriter.
Born in Los
Angeles on January 2, 1961, Haynes grew up interested in the arts and attended
University where he received his BA in Arts and Semiotics. After college, Haynes
New York City where he made his controversial short film "Superstar: The Karen
Story" (1987), using Barbie dolls to portray the life and death of singer Karen
made his directorial feature debut with the provocative 1991 film, "Poison,"
which went on to
win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, spearheading what would
known as the New Queer Cinema. In 1995, Haynes's 2nd feature film, "Safe,"
Moore as a Los Angeles housewife who becomes environmentally ill. The film would
by decade's end, the best film of the 90's by the Village Voice's Critic Poll.
film, "Velvet Goldmine," an homage to the glam rock era of the early 70's
premiered in Official
Selection at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury
Haynes's next film, "Far From Heaven" (2002), inspired by the 50's melodrama's
Sirk, also starring Julianne Moore, earned both critical and mainstream success,
Oscar nominations, including one for Haynes' Original Screenplay. Haynes won
awards for this film, including the Independent Spirit Award for Best Director.
film, "I'm Not There," imagined the life and work of Bob Dylan through the guise
fictional characters, and once again won him critical acclaim, especially for
casting of Cate Blanchett, who received the Oscar nomination and Golden Globe
award for Best
Supporting Actress. In 2011, Haynes directed and co-wrote "Mildred Pierce," a
starring Kate Winslet, which garnered 21 Emmy nominations, winning five of them,
addition to 3 Golden Globes Awards.
2015's "Carol," is based on Patricia Highsmith's seminal novel The Price of
Salt. Starring Cate
Blanchett and Rooney Mara, "Carol" received much critical acclaim and many
including six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe Award nominations,
BAFTA Award nominations. It has also been voted the Number 1 LGBT Film of All
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