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Panels and Events 2023 | English | 60 minutes

• Please note: A CONVERSATION WITH TODD HAYNES has been canceled, due to illness.

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Passionate about the visual arts since childhood, Todd Haynes studied art and semiotics at Brown University. In 1987, he created the short film SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY with Barbie dolls. Since then, he has tirelessly continued to address questions of gender and identity.

His first feature film POISON, inspired by Jean Genet, was released in 1991 and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. After SAFE (1995), which revealed Julianne Moore, he conjured David Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust period in VELVET GOLDMINE (1998), then paid homage to Douglas Sirk in FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002).

In 2006, he had six actors play Bob Dylan in I’M NOT THERE. He then directed the mini-series MILDRED PIERCE (2011), before returning to feature films with CAROL (2015), WONDERSTRUCK (2017), DARK WATERS (2019), followed by the documentary THE VELVET UNDERGROUND (2021).

Moderated by Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood. Dade Hayes has specialized in entertainment business coverage as a writer and editor for Deadline, Variety and Entertainment Weekly, among other outlets. In 2022, Hayes wrote BINGE TIMES, an account of the streaming boom co-authored by Dawn Chmielewski and published by William Morrow/HarperCollins. He has written two previous books: OPEN WIDE and ANYTIME PLAYDATE.

Todd Haynes‘ latest film MAY DECEMBER, starring Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman, screens at HIFF on October 8 + 9.

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