Tom Kalin

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

Savage Grace premiered in Cannes, was opening night film in Zurich and screened at festivals including Sundance, Stockholm, London and Tribeca. It was 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 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 among many others.

In 1993, designer Geoffrey Beene commissioned Kalin to write and direct a film commemorating his 30th anniversary as a designer. The cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Russell Wong, Claire Danes and features the final screen appearance of legendary Swedish actress Viveca Lindfors. Kalin was a founding member of the AIDS activist collective
Gran Fury, which created public projects in a variety of media. Kalin was born in Chicago and lives in New York where he is a Professor of Film in the School of Art at Columbia University. He has a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois, an MFA in Photography/Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and did a year of post-graduate work at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Artist Code: 029


Every Wandering Cloud

2005, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

4 excerpts from Behold Goliath

2004, 10:00 minutes, colour, English

Third Known Nest

1999, 40:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

Kissing Doesn't Kill (4 versions)

1990, 02:00 minutes, English

They Are Lost To Vision Altogether

1990, 13:00 minutes, colour & B&W, English


1986, 03:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

(Brief) Programme Notes
by Ger Zielinski. Dragged out...a studied glance at current radical drag, 1999. home-style, 1999.
Notes on "Scoping Boys" and "Scoping Girls": Scoping Girls and...
by Robert Lee and Lee Rodney. Fuse, 1997, v. 20, no. 4.
So Many Alternatives: The Alternative AIDS Video Movement
by Alexandra Juhasz. CINEASTE, 1995, v. 21, no. 1/2.
Documents and Counter-Documents: AIDS Activist Video at the Crossroads
by Cynthia Chris. Afterimage, Nov. 1994, v. 22, no. 4.
new queer cinema
by Susan Corrigan. i-D, Jan. 1993, no. 112.
Reviews: AIDS Activism Critiqued
by Cynthia Chris. Afterimage, Feb. 1993, v. 20, no. 7.
Lesbians and Gays Make the Movies
by Richard Lippe. cineACTION, Fall 1992, no. 30.
We Are All Living With AIDS
by Catherine Saalfield.
Images '89
by Donna Lypchuk. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1989.
If It's Tuesday...
by Amy Taubin. The Village Voice, Oct. 17, 1989.
AIDS Media: Counter-Representations
by Lucinda Furlong. New American Film and Video Series, 1989. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989.
Cinema Canada: Festivals
by *Not Documented. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1989.
It's Evening in America: Video Drive In
by Carole Ann Klonarides. Encontros Luso-Americanos De Arte Contemporanea / Portuguese-American Meetings on Contemporary Art, 1989. Lisboa: Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian - Fundacao Luso-Americana Para O Desenvolvimento, 1989.
Recasting images of AIDS to counter media distortions
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Oct. 20, 1988, v. 8, no. 7.
AIDS Media: Counter-Representations
by Lucinda Furlong. The New American Film and Video Series - Whitney Museum of American Art, Jan..