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Help Restore Early Films from Todd Haynes, Christine Vachon, and Others

For as beloved as his features may be, Todd Haynes boasts a repertoire of short films no less deserving of attention — attention they might receive if they were more readily accessible. One has long been able to find Superstar and Dottie Gets Spanked with little effort, but some pieces were only recently discovered — e.g. The Suicide, found on Criterion’s Safe release; in terms of emotional effect, it makes Carol feel like an episode of Night Court — or have yet to be given a proper restoration.

Which brings us to (drum roll) a Kickstarter campaign to extensively restore and properly release eight shorts from Apparatus, a now-defunct creative house founded by Haynes and longtime creative partner Christine Vachon. Although the former’s work is not immediately on display therein, part of the $30,000 effort is to locate his 1985 Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud, “in which he depicts the poet as
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Kickstarter Campaign Hopes To Find Lost Films From Todd Haynes & Christine Vachon

Kickstarter Campaign Hopes To Find Lost Films From Todd Haynes & Christine Vachon
A new Kickstarter campaign has been started to revive early films from Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes. Created by IndieCollect, the campaign hopes to scan and restore the projects produced from the duo’s Apparatus banner. They are also in search for two more productions that are “lost” that they would like to find and scan. The films are Christine Vachon’s “A Man In Your Room” (1984), about a priest haunted by his desire for an impish young man and Haynes’ first film “Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud” (1985), which depicts the poet as a homosexual outlaw.

IndieCollect, which advocates for conservation of, and access to, the entire field of independent cinema, has found the master picture and sound elements for eight of the shorts Vachon and Haynes produced in the ‘80s and ‘90s with Barry Ellsworth. A couple titles that are in the collection include “Anemone Me,” “La Divina,” “Oreos With Attitude
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