Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including Academy Award winning films Far From Heaven, Boys Don't Cry, One Hour Photo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Happiness and Safe. In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries Mildred Pierce for HBO. On the occasion of Killer’s 10th anniversary in 2005, the company was feted with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Recent work includes: At Any Price starring Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron, directed by Ramin Bahrani; Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe, directed by John Krokidas; Magic Magic starring Michael Cera, directed by Sebastian Silva; The Last of Robin Hood starring Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Kline, directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer; and Innocence starring Sophie Curtis, Kelly Reilly and Graham Phillips, directed by Hilary Brougher.
Vachon is the author of two books: A Killer Life: How An Independent Producer Survives Deals And Disasters In Hollywood And Beyond (Simon and Schuster, 2006), and Shooting To Kill: How An Independent Producer Blasts Through The Barriers To Make Movies That Matter (Avon, 1998). Vachon is currently teaching at Drexel University, and previously has taught at NYU, as well as leading master classes at other colleges and international film festivals.
MSU Film Collective / Global Film Series screening of I'm Not There on 35mm film.
Introduced by Professor Jeff Wray
8:00 pm | B122 Wells Hall | Free and open to the public
Public lecture and discussion, The State of Independent Film. Christine will speak on her experiences in independent filmmaking and lead a Q&A.
5:00 p.m. | RCAH Theater, terrace level, Snyder Hall
Production proseminar (1 cr.) with Christine Vachon, open to CAL and ComArts students in the Specializations in Fiction Film Production and Documentary Studies, and by request. For details, contact Professor Yumibe, Director of Film Studies.
Christine's visit is co-sponsored by the Film Studies program in the Department of English, the Global Film Series, the Center for Gender in Global Context, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.