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Tom Kalin

Tom Kalin (born 1962) is an award-winning screenwriter, film director and producer. His debut feature, Swoon, is considered an integral part of the New Queer Cinema. In addition to his feature work, Kalin has created a number of short films, many of which are collected in the compilations Behold Goliath or The Boy With the Filthy Laugh, Third Known Nest and Tom Kalin Videoworks: Volume 2.

Much of Kalin's work touches on issues of homosexuality (both modern-day and historical) and AIDS. He was a member of two AIDS direct action groups, ACT UP and Gran Fury. His work has won much critical acclaim and garnered a number of awards and nominations, including honors from the Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and a number of gay and lesbian film festivals. Kalin won the Gotham Awards Open Palm Award (for Swoon) and has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. He has taught graduate-level filmmaking classes at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Kalin's current project is Savage Grace, slated for release in 2007. Savage Grace tells the story of the 1972 Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case and stars Julianne Moore as Baekeland.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.

Tom Kalin Facts

OccupationScreenwriter, Director, Producer

Selected Filmography

Savage Grace
poison + dottie gets spanked
Go Fish
New Queer Cinema Box
Office Killer
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