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Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes
Playwrights Enrichment Series

Writer, Director and Producer Todd Haynes has received numerous honors for directing and writing all of his films.  “Far From Heaven” garnered Academy Award, Golden Globe and WGA nominations for Best Screenplay as well as nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, European Film Awards, London Critics Circle Film Awards, Satellite Awards, and the Venice Film Festival.  Haynes won Best Screenplay awards from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Seattle Film Critics, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society, and the Online Film Critics Society.  For his direction of “Far From Heaven,” Haynes won an Independent Spirit Award, a Golden Satellite Award, an award from the New York Film Critics Circle.  The film won the Honorable Mention – SIGNIS Award at the Venice Film Festival and three awards at the 2003 GLAAD Media Awards.Haynes’ film “Velvet Goldmine” won the award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for a Palme D’Or.  For his direction of the film, he won the Channel 4 Director’s Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Haynes’ feature film debut, “Poison,” won the Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival, the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlin International Film Festival, and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best First Feature.  Haynes’ film, “I’m Not There,” won the Robert Altman Award at the Independent Spirit Awards, two awards at the Venice Film Festival – the Cinemavenire Award for Best Film and the Special Jury Prize, and was nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Film.  Haynes received Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations from the Independent Spirit Awards for his film “Safe,” which also won the American Independent Award at the Seattle International Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize--Special Mention at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Haynes' last project was a five-hour miniseries for HBO called Mildred Pierce, based on the novel by James M. Cain.