Director Tom Kalin in person! Film Series : Radiant Visions: Media Art from SAIC, 1965 - Now


1992, Tom Kalin, USA, 82 min. With Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester.

Show Times

  • Thu, Feb 11th 6:00pm

"Dazzlingly well realized ... a tricky, unpredictable synthesis of the mannered and the real." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

A key work within the emerging “Queer Cinema” of the 1990s, Tom Kalin’s debut feature SWOON is a spare but highly stylized dramatization of the infamous Leopold/Loeb kidnapping and murder case. While set in 1920s Chicago, the film mixes contemporary deconstructive, culture-jamming strategies with an almost timeless, sensual handling of the physical materials of the medium. Writing in the New York Times, Janet Maslin declared it an “audacious” work intent on fracturing “familiar notions and prejudices.” 35mm. (Bruce Jenkins)

FEBRUARY 11: Tom Kalin will be present for audience discussion. Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program.

Kalin will give a talk as part of the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 10. Visit for details.

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