Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

The audacity of Todd Haynes' 43-minute short, “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” derives from its inspired casting concept: The late, anorexic singer, her brother Richard, and their overbearing parents are portrayed as Barbie-type dolls.

Todd Haynes never cleared the rights for the Carpenters' music, and Richard Carpenter blocked the film's theatrical release.

Nonetheless, “Superstar” went on to become an outlaw film, circulating on bootlegged videos and later DVDs. As a result, Haynes became an underground figure even before his 1991 feature debut “Poison” won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.