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Kalil Haddad is an experimental filmmaker based in Toronto. He has written, directed, and edited over a dozen short films including: Vampires Drink Blood... I Drink Sorrow (21), The Taking of Jordan (22), and His Smell (23). His work has screened internationally at festivals and gallery exhibitions in Europe, Latin America, and the United States; including Indie Memphis, Kassel Dokfest, London Short Film Festival, and Onion City Experimental, where The Taking of Jordan was awarded a Jury Prize for Best of the Festival. Writing on his films have appeared in Tone Glow, Cinema Year Zero, and Counter Arts, among other publications.

His work appears in the collections of The Film-Makers’ Cooperative, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and Vtape.

THE TAKING OF JORDAN (ALL AMERICAN BOY)


2022  |  07:39  |  Digital

Posthumously starring STEVE YORK, JACQUES CHALON, and JOHN JEFFRIES

 
Jordan, an amateur adult performer, recalls the horror of his many former lives.

Winner: Jury Prize, Best of the Festival, 33rd Onion City Experimental Film Festival

“THE TAKING OF JORDAN by Kalil Haddad is brutal, but not without sympathy. The film, however brief, feels anything but. The soft edges of DV and static filled stills, accessorized by harrowing dialogue, force a reconciliation of desire and repulsion, the past and the present, and the line between experience and exploitation." 

– Paige Taul, Onion City Juror

Screenings:
  • Cinema Variety Hour (Toronto, 2022)
  • Flickers (Brooklyn, 2022)
  • WNDX (Winnipeg, 2022)
  • EUREKA (Bogotá, 2022)
  • Millennium Film Workshop (Brooklyn, 2022)
  • Onion City Experimental (Chicago, 2023)
  • Wicked Queer (Boston, 2023)
  • Saint Bimbo (Brooklyn, 2023)
  • Images Festival (Toronto, 2023)
  • Sohome Horror Pride (London, 2023)
  • Festival du Film de Fesses (Paris, 2023)
  • IFC Centre (NYC, 2023)
  • LesGaiCineMad (Madrid, 2023)
  • London Short FF (London, 2024)
  • Spectacle (Brooklyn, 2024)
  • Le Sigh (Toronto/Digital, 2024)

Exhibitions:
  • Going Nowhere: Three Velocities (Mexico City, 2022)
  • Indexing Resistance: The Blood & Guts of Queer Protest in Canada (Toronto, 2022)