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Christine Vachon (born 1962) is an American film producer active in the American independent film sector.[1][2] Christine Vachon produced Todd Haynes' first feature, Poison, which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize
Grand Jury Prize
at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has gone on to produce many acclaimed American independent films, including Far From Heaven
Far From Heaven
(nominated for four Academy Awards), Boys Don't Cry ( Academy Award
Academy Award
winner), One Hour Photo, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine, SAFE, I Shot Andy Warhol, Go Fish, Swoon, I'm Not There, Gigantic, Cracks. and Cairo Time. Her latest and upcoming projects include a short film collaboration with ACE Hotel and online film content producers Massify entitled "Lulu at the Ace Hotel" as well as a five-part HBO mini-series adaptation of James M. Cain's 1941 novel, Mildred Pierce. Vachon also participates as a member of the Jury for the NYICFF, a paramount New York City
New York City
Film Festival dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.[3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Killer films

3 Personal life 4 Awards and juries

4.1 Awards 4.2 Juries

5 Filmography as producer 6 Works and publications 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Vachon was born in Manhattan, New York City. She is the daughter of Françoise Fourestier and noted photographer John Vachon.[1] Career[edit] She graduated from Brown University in 1983, where she met fellow alums director Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
and Barry Ellsworth. Together, they created Apparatus Productions in 1987, a non-profit company deeply inspired by the anti-Hollywood New York film scene and oversaw the production of seven films in five years. Most notoriously, Apparatus produced Haynes' controversial Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, a film depicting the dramatic rise and fall of the anorexic pop star. To make financial ends meet, Vachon became a proofreader by night. She also took on odd jobs in the film industry to learn the trade. Killer films[edit] Vachon and fellow New York producer Pamela Koffler currently run Killer Films, which was established in 1996. The company celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2005 and was honored with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art
in New York.[4] Her first feature Poison (written and directed by Academy Award nominee Todd Haynes) won the Grand Jury Prize
Grand Jury Prize
at Sundance in 1991. Since that initial success Christine has worked on a number of noteworthy films, including I Shot Andy Warhol, Happiness, Kids, One Hour Photo, and Boys Don't Cry. Through her enduring relationship with Todd, she has worked on every feature film of his to date, including Safe, Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven, and I'm Not There, which starred Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Julianne Moore, and Michelle Williams. Cate Blanchett received both Academy Award
Academy Award
and SAG Award
SAG Award
nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and the film was also nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, notching a Best Supporting Actress win for Cate Blanchett. In 2008, Vachon won an Emmy for her role as executive producer for the TV adaptation of Ira Glass's This American Life.[citation needed] Killer's releases for 2008 include Savage Grace, directed by Tom Kalin and starring Julianne Moore; An American Crime, starring Catherine Keener and Ellen Page, directed by Tommy O'Haver: Then She Found Me, the directorial debut of Helen Hunt, starring herself, Bette Midler, Colin Firth
Colin Firth
and Matthew Broderick. Vachon continued her long-standing collaboration with Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
for the 2015 film, Carol.[5] Personal life[edit] Vachon and her partner, artist Marlene McCarty, live in the East Village of New York with their daughter Guthrie. In the fall of 2009, Vachon went into remission after a battle with breast cancer.[1][6] She is related to the French costume designer, Sarah Monfort. Awards and juries[edit] Awards[edit]

1994: Frameline
Frameline
– San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, Award Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media[citation needed] 1996: New York Women in Film and Television, Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement 1999: IFP, Gotham Award
Gotham Award
for producing[citation needed] 2000: Provincetown International Film Festival, Provincetown Filmmaker on the Edge Award to Vachon and Killer Films 2003: New York Film Critics Circle, Far from Heaven[citation needed] 2003: National Board of Review, Producers Award 2007: Woodstock Film Festival, Honorary Maverick Award[7] Vachon and Killer Films were given special tributes from the SXSW
SXSW
and Deauville Film Festivals.[citation needed]

Juries[edit]

1993: Sundance Film Festival, dramatic jury member 2005: Venice Film Festival, jury member 2005: Sundance Film Festival, dramatic jury member 2010: Sarajevo Film Festival, jury member 2012: 60th San Sebastián International Film Festival, member and jury president

Filmography as producer[edit] Director's name in brackets after film title.

1991: Poison (Todd Haynes) 1992: Swoon (Tom Kalin) 1994: Postcards from America (Steve McLean) 1994: Go Fish (Rose Troche) (as executive producer) 1995: Stonewall (Nigel Finch) 1995: Safe (Todd Haynes) 1995: Kids (Larry Clark) 1996: I Shot Andy Warhol
I Shot Andy Warhol
(Mary Harron) 1997: Office Killer
Office Killer
(Cindy Sherman) 1997: Kiss Me, Guido
Kiss Me, Guido
(Tony Vitale) 1998: Happiness (Todd Solondz) 1998: Velvet Goldmine
Velvet Goldmine
(Todd Haynes) 1999: Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce) 1999: I'm Losing You (Bruce Wagner) 2000: Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
Crime and Punishment in Suburbia
(Rob Schmidt) 2001: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (John Cameron Mitchell) 2001: Series 7: The Contenders (Daniel Minaham) 2001: Women in Film (Bruce Wagner) 2001: Chelsea Walls (Ethan Hawke) 2001: Storytelling (Todd Solondz) 2002: One Hour Photo
One Hour Photo
(Mark Romanek) 2001: The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone
(Tim Blake Nelson) 2001: The Safety of Objects
The Safety of Objects
(Rose Troche) 2002: Far from Heaven
Far from Heaven
(Todd Haynes) 2003: Party Monster (Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato) 2003: Camp (Todd Graff) 2003: The Company (Robert Altman) 2004: A Home at the End of the World (Michael Mayer) 2004: A Dirty Shame (John Waters) 2006: The Notorious Bettie Page
The Notorious Bettie Page
(Mary Harron) 2006: Mrs. Harris
Mrs. Harris
(Phyllis Nagy) 2006: Infamous (Douglas McGrath) 2007: This American Life
This American Life
(Ira Glass) 2007: An American Crime
An American Crime
(Tommy O'Haver) 2007: I'm Not There
I'm Not There
(Todd Haynes) 2008: Savage Grace
Savage Grace
(Tom Kalin) 2008: Then She Found Me
Then She Found Me
(Helen Hunt) 2008: Gigantic (Matt Aselton) 2009: Motherhood (Katherine Dieckmann) 2009: Cracks (Jordan Scott) 2009: Cairo Time (Ruba Nadda) 2010: Lulu at the Hotel (short) (Maya Kazan) 2010: Loop Planes (short) (Robin Wilby) 2010: Charley (short) (Dee Austin Robertson) 2010: Dirty Girl (Abe Sylvia) 2010: What's Wrong with Virginia
What's Wrong with Virginia
(Dustin Lance Black) 2010: Lullaby for Pi (Benoit Philippon) 2013: Deep Powder (Mo Ogordnik) 2013: The Last of Robin Hood
The Last of Robin Hood
( Wash Westmoreland
Wash Westmoreland
and Richard Glatzer) 2013: Innocence (Hilary Brougher) 2014: Still Alice
Still Alice
( Wash Westmoreland
Wash Westmoreland
and Richard Glatzer) 2015: Nasty Baby
Nasty Baby
(Sebastián Silva) 2015: Carol (Todd Haynes) 2016: Goat (Andrew Neel) 2016: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz) 2016: White Girl (Elizabeth Wood) 2016: A Kind of Murder
A Kind of Murder
(Andy Goddard) 2016: Frank & Lola (Matthew Ross) (as executive producer) 2017: Dina (Dan Sickels & Antonio Santini) 2017: Lemon (Janicza Bravo) 2017: Where Is Kyra? (Andrew Dosunmu) 2017: Beatriz at Dinner (Miguel Arteta) 2017: Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes) 2017: Mercy (Tali Shalom-Ezer) 2018: First Reformed (Paul Schrader)

Works and publications[edit]

Schamus, James, Barry Ellsworth, Todd Haynes, and Christine Vachon. The Apparatus Guide to No-Budget Filmmaking in New York City. New York: Apparatus Productions, 1989. OCLC 801262187 Vachon, Christine, and David Edelstein. Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter. New York: Harper Perennial, 2002. Reprint of 1998 edition. ISBN 978-0-380-79854-4 OCLC 793342718 Vachon, Christine, and Austin Bunn. A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006. ISBN 978-0-743-25630-8 OCLC 238812473 2007 Limelight Edition.

References[edit]

^ a b c Buckley, Cara (November 6, 2009). "When Being Home Is an Adventure". The New York Times.  ^ Galloway, Stephen; Belloni, Matthew (11 December 2015). "Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Producer Roundtable With Ice Cube, Steve Golin and More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2016.  ^ " NYICFF Jury". Gkids.com.  ^ Sharf, Zack (24 January 2016). "Sundance Exclusive: Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler's 6 Survival Tips for Producing". Indiewire. Retrieved 25 January 2016.  ^ Abramovitch, Seth (25 September 2015). "Killer Films' Co-Founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler on Lesbian Romance 'Carol' and Indie Resilience". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2016.  ^ Dietrich, Joy (July 6, 2010). "Asked & Answered". The New York Times. Retrieved July 6, 2010.  ^ "AND THE 2007 WINNERS ARE..." Woodstock Film Festival. 2007. 

External links[edit]

Christine Vachon on IMDb Killer Films Christine Vachon (February 24, 2017). Film-makers can defy Trump. Depicting the lives of others is an act of resistance. The Guardian

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 69805972 LCCN: n94003202 ISNI: 0000 0001 1493 2309 GND: 122266153 SUDOC: 083223

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