Director, writer, producer, educator, activist, Kalin is a leading light of the "new wave" in gay filmmaking. He started out by writing and directing a variety of short films and videos for the museum circuit, including "Puppets," "Gesicht," "finally destroy us," "News From Home" and "They Are Lost to Vision Altogether." The latter two have been exhibited at numerous international festival venues. Kalin also worked for three years as a producer of AIDS educational materials.
Kalin made his feature debut with "Swoon" (1991), a stylized meditation on the notorious 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case. The facts of the case--two young, wealthy, gay Jewish men pled guilty to the senseless murder of a 14-year old heir, with defense attorney Clarence Darrow trying to avoid the death penalty by invoking the mitigating circumstance of "sexual perversity"--had provided fuel for two previous screen outings, Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" (1948) and Richard Fleischer's "Compulsion" (1959). Kalin's more ambivalent version of the story foregrounds the relationship between the pair and incorporates elements of fantasy, as well as pointed anachronisms which highlight the continuing relevance of the case. Photographed in elegant black-and-white, the film suggests visual influences ranging from Calvin Klein ads to Bette Davis film noirs.
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Feature directing debut, "Swoon"
Helmed a documentary short film about the fashion designer, "Geoffrey Beene 30"
Produced the lesbian-themed independent drama, "Go Fish"
Produced the independent film, "I Shot Andy Warhol"
Directed the short film, "Plain Pleasures" with Frances McDormand
Co-wrote the comedy-horror film "Office Killer" directed by Cindy Sherman
Helmed "Third Known Nest," a collection of nine short works completed approximately one each year from 1991 to 1999
Directed the short film, "The Robots of Sodom"
Directed second feature length film, "Savage Grace," a follow-up to "Swoon"