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Poison

Poison

Poison

1991 / 85min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: TODD HAYNES

CAST: EDITH MEEKS, LARRY MAXWELL, SUSAN NORMAN

Producer Christine Vachon in person for a Q&A following the film.

With his first feature, Todd Haynes took his influence from the patron saint of all queer outlaw art, Jean Genet. The result was a trio of intercut, stylistically distinct stories drawn together by their conceptual rigor and openly-gay themes. Caught in the NEA culture wars of the time, Poison has the badge of honor of being denounced by Sen. Jesse Helms. A landmark of the New Queer Cinema and the feature debut of producer Christine Vachon.