TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Year: 1992
Running Time: 89 min
SYNOPSIS
SWOON is the story of Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two Jewish intellectuals made famous by the 1924 kidnapping and murder of a boy named Bobby Franks.  These brilliant, precocious eighteen-year-old boys wove a tangled relationship built around their pleasure in criminal activities, which became linked in the mind of the public, to their homosexuality.  After committing the murder, they were easily captured by the innumerable clues they left behind and by their jumbled alibis, and the subsequent trial instantly became international news – and served to reinforce the culture’s stereotypes about the dangers of homosexuality, Judaism and intellectualism.  SWOON introduces the talents of Daniel Schlachet and Craig Chester along with Wooster Group actors Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm and Ron Vawter, and uses an experimental narrative format to explore the social, judicial and psychological forces which acted upon these two lives.
CREDITS
Director Tom Kalin
Co- Producer Tom Kalin
Producer Christine Vachon
Executive Producer James Schamus
Executive Producer Lauren Zalaznick
Associate Producer Peter Wentworth
Production Company Killer Films
Screenplay Tom Kalin
Screenplay Hilton Als
Cinematography Ellen Kuras
Art Director Thérèse DePrez
Music James Bennett
Editor Tom Kalin
Costume Jessica Haston
CAST
Craig Chester
Daniel Schlachet
Michael Kirby
Michael Stumm
Ron Vawter
Valda Z. Drabla
ADDITIONAL INFO
Best Feature Film Teddy Award Berlin & Caligari Award, Director’s Award Fantasporto, FIPRESCI Award Stockholm, Cinematography Award (Ellen Kuras) Sundance; Open Palm Award Gotham Awards
 
Tom Kalin  | director
Tom Kalin (born 1962) is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, producer, and professor of experimental film at European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.
His debut feature, SWOON, is considered an integral part of the New Queer Cinema. In addition to his feature work, Kalin has created a number of short films, many of which are collected in the compilations BEHOLD GOLIATH or THE BOY WITH THE FILTHY LAUGH, THIRD KNOWN NEST and Tom Kalin Videoworks: Volume 2.

Much of Kalin's work touches on issues of homosexuality (both modern-day and historical) and AIDS. He was a member of two AIDS direct action groups, ACT UP and Gran Fury. His work has won much critical acclaim and garnered a number of awards and nominations, including honors from the Berlin International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Fest and a number of gay and lesbian film festivals. Kalin won the Gotham Awards Open Palm Award (for Swoon) and has been nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.Kalin's last project was Savage Grace, Savage Grace tells the story of the 1972 Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case and stars Julianne Moore as Baekeland.

Tom Kalin has taught graduate-level filmmaking classes at Columbia University School of the Arts and is currently lecturing at the European Graduate School in Switzerland.
Filmography
2007 SAVAGE GRACE
2003 ROBOTS OF SODOM, THE
1999 THIRD KNOWN NEST
1996 PLAIN PLEASURES
1992 SWOON
 
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PUBLICITY & REVIEWS
AWARDS
Year Category Awarded By Award Result Award Recipient
1992 Best Film Gotham Independent Film Awards Winner Tom Kalin
1992 Teddy Prize Berlin International Film Festival Winner Tom Kalin
1992 Fipresci Stockholm International Film Festival Winner Tom Kalin
1992 Special Jury Prize Berlin International Film Festival Winner Tom Kalin
1992 Best Cinematography Sundance Film Festival Winner Ellen Kuras