David Byrne joins Venice Film Fest jury

David Byrne joins Venice Film Fest jury

VENICE, Italy, July 9 (UPI) -- David Byrne of the Talking Heads is among the jury members announced by the Venice Film Festival.

'I'm Not There' director honors Ledger

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Todd Haynes paid tribute to Heath Ledger, the late star of his film "I'm Not There," at the 2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif.
'I'm Not There' to get Altman Award

'I'm Not There' to get Altman Award

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Patricia Clarkson and Dennis Quaid are to present a prize to the team behind the film "I'm Not There" at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, Calif.
Ledger's family headed home

Ledger's family headed home

PERTH, Australia, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- The family of late Australian actor Heath Ledger has reportedly left Los Angeles and headed back home to bury him in his native Perth.

Lee, Pitt, Blanchett honored in Venice

VENICE, Italy, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Ang Lee’s sexy new drama, "Lust, Caution," and actors Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett were the big winners at the 64th Venice Film Festival this weekend.

Cate Blanchett to make transition to stage

LONDON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Despite having five new films coming out next year, Australian actress Cate Blanchett is planning to alter her focus with a three-year stage work hiatus.

Ledger, Williams join Dylan biopic cast

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- "Brokeback Mountain" stars and real-life couple Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are joining the cast of the Bob Dylan biopic, "I'm Not There."

Stars line up for Dylan biopic

NEW YORK, May 2 (UPI) -- Cate Blanchett and Colin Farrell are in talks to join the cast of "I'm Not There," a film biography of Bob Dylan.

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2003 IFP Independent Spirit Award winners

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 23 (UPI) -- Here is a list of winners at the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards:

'Far from Heaven' sweeps IFP Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 23 (UPI) -- "Far from Heaven" was the big winner with five awards -- including best picture -- at the 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards.

'Far From Heaven' sweeps IFP Spirit Awards

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Nominees for 75th Academy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Here is a list of nominees for the 75th Academy Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills:
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Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes arrives for the "Mildred Pierce" Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York on March 21, 2011. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh

Todd Haynes (born January 2, 1961) is an American independent film director and screenwriter. He is best known for his feature films Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Poison, Safe, and the Academy Award-nominated Far from Heaven and I'm Not There.

The All Movie Guide writes that "Haynes is known for making provocative films that subvert narrative structure and resound with transgressive, complex eroticism…. Although he doesn't characterize himself as a gay filmmaker who makes gay films… Haynes' name has become synonymous with the New Queer Cinema movement and its work to both explore and redefine the contours of queer culture in America and beyond."

Haynes’ work is preoccupied with postmodernist ideas of identity and sexuality as socially constructed concepts, and personal identity as a fluid and changeable state. His protagonists are invariably social outsiders whose "subversive" identity and sexuality pits them at odds with the received norms of their society. In the Haynes universe, sexuality (especially “deviant” or unconventional sexuality) is a subversive and dangerous force that disrupts social norms and is often repressed brutally by dominant power structures. Haynes presents artists are the ultimate subversive force, since they must necessarily stand outside of societal norms, with an artist's creative output representing the greatest opportunity for personal and social freedom. Unsurprisingly, many of his films are unconventional portraits of pop artists and musicians (Karen Carpenter in Superstar, David Bowie in Velvet Goldmine and Bob Dylan in I’m Not There).

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