Tim Kirkman’s feature film debut, Dear Jesse, was released theatrically by Cowboy Pictures in 1998. A documentary film about the political and personal parallels between the gay filmmaker and the notoriously anti-gay U.S. Senator Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Dear Jesse aired on HBO/Cinemax “Reel Life” series in 2000, garnering an Emmy Award Nomination in the News/Documentary Writing category. The film was nominated for GLAAD, Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards and was named the Best Documentary of the Year Runner-Up by the Boston Society of Film Critics.
Tim’s second film, the theater performance documentary The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, was released by FilmNext in 2000 to wide acclaim. His narrative feature debut, Loggerheads, which he wrote and directed, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival where it was an Official Selection in the Dramatic Competition. Since then, Loggerheads has won prizes at several film festivals across the United States, including the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest and the Audience Award at the Nashville and Florida Film Festivals. Inspired by true events, Loggerheads stars Tess Harper, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Kelly, Michael Learned, Kip Pardue, Chris Sarandon and Robin Weigert, and was released by Strand Releasing in October 2005 and is currently airing on the Sundance Channel. Tim has adapted for film three short stories by the singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash.
The TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund | 2008