ABOUT

Kalil Haddad is an experimental filmmaker based in Toronto. He has written, directed, and edited over ten short films including: Farm Boy (19), 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 Chicago’s 33rd Onion City Experimental, where The Taking of Jordan was awarded Best of the Festival. Writing on his films have appeared in Cinema Year Zero, Counter Arts, and Tone Glow, among other publications.

As an editor, he has collaborated with John Greyson on International Dawn Chorus Day (21) and Sophy Romvari on Still Processing (20) and It’s What Each Person Needs (22). These latter works were released by The Criterion Channel and The New Yorker, while the former received the TEDDY Award for Best Short Film at the 71st Berlinale.

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

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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 for 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, OCEFF 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)

Link available upon request

Available at The Filmmakers Cooperative

KALIL HADDAD, 2024