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A graduate of Brown University, Haynes moved to New York in 1985 where he founded Apparatus Productions with Barry Ellsworth and Christine Vachon. Apparatus is a non-profit, grant-giving organization which provides funding in addition to production and distribution services to emerging filmmakers. In 1988, Haynes completed "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story." The film was awarded Best Experimental Short at the USA Film Festival, among other prizes, and has become an underground cult classic. Haynes' first feature film, "Poison," premiered at the Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded the Grand Jury Prize. It has subsequently played in over 20 international film festivals, earning numerous awards and is in distribution around the world. His most recent project was the short telefilm "Dottie Gets Spanked," in which a young boy experiences the first sparks of sexuality through an obsession with a '50's-style sitcom star. The 30-minute film, which played at the Toronto Film Festival and also appeared at the New York Film Festival, was produced by ITVS and recently aired on public television stations across the country.

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