Filmmaker Todd Haynes is known for making provocative films that subvert narrative structure and resound with transgressive, complex eroticism. The content of his work has made Haynes the subject of both acclaim and controversy, a whipping boy for debates about NEA funding and a figurehead in the new queer cinema. Although he doesn’t characterize himself as a gay filmmaker who makes exclusively gay films, he has pointed out in interviews that to do this would be taking only the content instead of the form of his films into consideration; Haynes’ name has become synonymous with that cinematic movement and its work to both expose and redefine the contours of queer culture in America and beyond. Born January 2, 1961, in Los Angeles, Haynes grew up in nearby Encino. He developed an interest in film at a young age, and while still a high school student, he produced his first film, a short about contemporary teenage life entitled The Suicide (1978). Haynes went on to study at Brown University… read more
Velvet Goldmine is simply astounding and better every time I watch it. @AFLWYDD: Agreed. Pigeonholing, however, is how the entertainment industry attempts to market products (films and filmmakers alike). Sadly it ruinous at the mainstream level as anything labeled 'queer' is avoided by people who aren't willing to take a risk, explore, discover. Just read Haynes is 50 now. Happy birthday!