Another dazzling suburban phantasm from writer-director Todd Haynes, DOTTIE GETS SPANKED (made post-POISON and pre-SAFE) is a stylized, bittersweet nod to his childhood fascination with I Love Lucy. Deep in the heart of pre-hippie 1960s America, young artistically-inclined Steven Gale is obsessed with Dottie Frank, wacky star of the eponymous hit sitcom The Dottie Show. While his mother gently encourages the boy’s fixation, his father grows increasingly frustrated by his son’s apparently “sissified” interests. This provocative, heartfelt mini-feature anticipates Haynes’ Oscar-nominated FAR FROM HEAVEN with its excavation of placid mid-century surfaces and deeply-buried emotions. –Zeitgeist Films
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
A self-exposing inquiry into the sexual fluidity of pre-pubescence and its relation to the Freudian imaginary. It captures the indeterminacy and confusion associated with our earliest stages of sexual exploration, the plasticity of sexual identity, and the way private fantasies gradually transform into a source of shame, self-loathing, and repression. Haunting and heartbreaking.