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Tom Kalin

Thomas S. Kalin

Professor of Professional Practice of Film in the Faculty of the Arts
School of the Arts
Film Program
513 Dodge Hall
  • Guggenheim Fellow
  • Founding member, Gran Fury

From short experimental videos to feature-length narrative films, Tom Kalin’s award winning, critically acclaimed work has been screened throughout the world. His films and videos are in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou and MoMA. 

His first feature, Swoon, was awarded the Caligari Prize at Berlin, the Fipresci Prize in Stockholm, Best Cinematography at Sundance and the Open Palm at the IFP Gotham Awards. It was named one of the top 100 American Independent films by the British Film Institute. 

His film, Savage Grace, premiered in Cannes, was opening night film in Zurich and screened at festivals including Sundance, Stockholm, London and Tribeca. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and named one of the top ten films of 2008 by Artforum and Paper.

As a producer his films include I Shot Andy Warhol and Go Fish. His short videos and installations include They are lost to vision altogether, Third Known Nest, Every Wandering Cloud, Tigers and From Silence. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and received awards and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and NYSCA among others. 

He has twice been included in the Whitney Biennial and has screened in museums and galleries including ICA, London; Reina Sofia, Madrid; The Cartier Foundation, Paris and The Getty Museum, Los Angeles among many others. He was a founding member of the AIDS activist collective Gran Fury which was included in the Venice Biennale. In 1993, fashion designer Geoffrey Beene commissioned Kalin to write and direct a film commemorating his 30th anniversary. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Russell Wong, Claire Danes and features the final screen appearance of legendary Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors.

Kalin is currently collaborating with musician Thomas Bartlett (Doveman) on an evening of live music and film and developing several feature projects.

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