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Todd Haynes (born January 2, 1961) is an Americanmarker film director. He is known for the films Poison, the Academy Award-nominated Far From Heaven, and I'm Not There.


In 1987, Haynes made a short, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, which chronicles the life of American singer Karen Carpenter using Barbie dolls as actors. However, he failed to obtain proper licensing to use numerous Carpenters songs in the film. As a result, Karen's brother Richard won a copyright infringement suit against him, and the film was removed from distribution.

His 1991 feature film debut, Poison, based on the writings of Jean Genet, was partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. This prompted Reverend Donald Wildmon, head of the American Family Association, to attack the NEA as inappropriately funding "explicit porno scenes of homosexuals involved in anal sex" even though he had not viewed the film.

Haynes' second effort, 1995's Safe, confirmed him as a maverick director capable of dealing with more issues than his New Queer Cinema tag might indicate.

He also directed the glam rock inspired Velvet Goldmine (1998), and the Douglas Sirk inspired Far From Heaven (2002).

During the 2007 Telluride International Film Festival, Haynes premiered I'm Not There, an experimental film based on the life and legends of Bob Dylan, with the singer-songwriter being portrayed by six actors: Richard Gere, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw and Christian Bale.

His muse and most frequent collaborator is actress Julianne Moore.

Personal life

Haynes was born in Encinomarker, Californiamarker, the son of Sherry Lynne (née Semler) and Allen E. Haynes. He is an Arts and Semiotics graduate of Brown Universitymarker, and received an MFA from Bard Collegemarker. He was a founding member of the AIDS media activist collective Gran Fury. He is openly gay and currently lives in Portlandmarker, Oregonmarker.


Feature Films

Short Films


  • Dottie Gets Spanked (1993) Short

Music Videos


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