1. Todd Haynes, Producer

    Todd Haynes wrote the screenplay for his directorial debut, Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud in 1985. He followed that film with a short starring Barbie and Ken dolls called Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story in 1987, but that film was successfully blocked from distribution by Richard Carpenter. Haynes first feature was a horror film called Poison, which was controversial for being categorized as pornographic by some critics. Still, it won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His television debut came in the form of Dottie Gets Spanked in 1993 (and later featured in John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You). In 1995, Haynes made Safe, a film about a mysterious illness that causes a young woman (played by Julianne Moore) to have a mental breakdown. But Haynes is best known for his 2002 Oscar-nominated breakthrough film Far From Heaven, and his experimental Dylan biopic I’m Not There (2007).