Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on Youtube Join the Archive Mailing List Read our Blog

UCLA Film & Television Archive, Outfest and The Andrew J. Kuehn Jr. Foundation present

Swoon (1992)

Swoon (1992)
February 3, 2012 - 7:30 pm
Craig Chester, Tom Kalin, critic B. Ruby Rich.

Directed by Tom Kalin

In 1924, Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb, gay collegiate lovers, murdered a child for the thrill. Objects of fascination and disgust for years afterward, their story has been told on film without acknowledgment of their sexuality. Tom Kalin’s seductive narrative declines to hide or apologize for anything. Unfolding like a film noir, it depicts sexuality as mysterious and the murderous impulse as a metaphorical extension of sexual drives.

Producer: Christine Vachon. Screenwriter/Editor: Tom Kalin. Cinematographer: Ellen Kuras. Cast: Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter, Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm.

Digital video, b/w, 95 min.

Preceded by:

Jollies (1990)

Directed by Sadie Benning

A diary of her early obsessions with other girls, Sadie Benning’s short film (a cult favorite) captures a modern, young lesbian’s anxiety and delight in a perfect distillation, encoded in black-and-white images taken with a toy camera.

Digital video, b/w, 11 min.