Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes

Highest Rated: 96% The Velvet Underground (2021)

Lowest Rated: 12% Office Killer (1997)

Birthday: Jan 2, 1961

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

Known for making provocative movies that undercut standard genre tropes, writer-director Todd Haynes became associated with the so-called New Queer Cinema movement of the early 1990s, as coined by Sight & Sound critic B. Ruby Rich. He burst onto the scene with the cult classic short film "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" (1987), which used Barbie dolls to portray the main characters, and which was banned from being seen in public after the pop star's brother, Richard Carpenter, filed a successful lawsuit. He earned further attention with his first feature length film, "Poison" (1990), a gay-themed film funded by the National Endowment of the Arts. But it was his ambitious "Velvet Goldmine" (1998) that announced Haynes as a filmmaker to watch, thanks to that film's "Citizen Kane"-like search for a missing glam rock star. From there, Haynes used the 1950s domestic melodrama to depict repressed sexuality, suburban ennui and forbidden love amidst racial prejudice in "Far From Heaven" (2002), arguably one of his most realized and accessible pictures of his career. He next returned to his experimental roots with "I'm Not There" (2007), an unusual biopic that used six different actors - including one African-American and one female - to depict various aspects of Bob Dylan. There was no doubt that Haynes remained one of cinema's most challenging inventors.




96% 100% The Velvet Underground Director,
- 2021
89% 95% Dark Waters Director $11.1M 2019
68% 55% Wonderstruck Director $1.0M 2017
92% 51% Certain Women Executive Producer $1.0M 2016
94% 74% Carol Director $12.7M 2015
27% 23% The Last of Robin Hood Executive Producer $269.6K 2013
66% 42% Great Directors Self $17.9K 2009
85% 67% Wendy and Lucy Executive Producer $856.9K 2008
77% 69% I'm Not There Director,
$4.0M 2007
86% 72% Quinceañera Executive Producer - 2006
85% 71% Old Joy Executive Producer $255.4K 2006
87% 80% Far From Heaven Director,
$15.9M 2002
59% 80% Velvet Goldmine Director,
$1.0M 1998
12% 51% Office Killer Writer $74.9K 1997
87% 75% Safe Director,
$15.8K 1995
77% 68% Poison Director,
Film Editor
- 1991


No Score Yet No Score Yet Vice Guide to Film Unknown (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
81% 87% Mildred Pierce Executive Producer,