Tom Kalin

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Tom Kalin (born 1962) is a screenwriter, film director, producer, and professor of experimental film at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.[1]

His debut feature, Swoon, is considered an integral part of the New Queer Cinema. In addition to his feature work, Kalin has created a number of short films, many of which are collected in the compilations Behold Goliath or The Boy With the Filthy Laugh, Third Known Nest and Tom Kalin Videoworks: Volume 2.

Much of Kalin's work touches on issues of homosexuality (both modern-day and historical) and AIDS. He was a member of two AIDS direct action groups, ACT UP and Gran Fury. His work has won much critical acclaim and garnered a number of awards and nominations, including honors from the Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Fest[2] and a number of gay and lesbian film festivals. Kalin won the Gotham Awards Open Palm Award (for Swoon) and has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.

Kalin's last project was Savage Grace, Savage Grace tells the story of the 1972 Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case and stars Julianne Moore as Baekeland.

Tom Kalin has taught graduate-level filmmaking classes at Columbia University School of the Arts,[3] and is currently lecturing at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.

He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]



  • Third Known Nest (1999)
  • Office Killer (1997)
  • Geoffrey Beene 30 (1993)
  • Nation (1992)
  • Swoon (1992)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Tom Kalin, Faculty Page, Biography". The European Graduate School. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Reagan, Gilliam. Tribeca Film Fest Announces Spotlights and Showcases. The Observer. March 17, 2008
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