Christine Vachon (born 1962) is an American film producer active in
the American independent film sector.
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 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
New York City
New York City Film Festival dedicated to screening films for
children between the ages of 3 and 18.
1 Early life
2.1 Killer films
3 Personal life
4 Awards and juries
5 Filmography as producer
6 Works and publications
8 External links
Vachon was born in Manhattan, New York City. She is the daughter of
Françoise Fourestier and noted photographer John Vachon.
She graduated from Brown University in 1983, where she met fellow
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.
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
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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 and
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
In 2008, Vachon won an Emmy for her role as executive producer for the
TV adaptation of Ira Glass's This American Life.
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 and Matthew Broderick.
Vachon continued her long-standing collaboration with
Todd Haynes for
the 2015 film, Carol.
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.
She is related to the French costume designer, Sarah Monfort.
Awards and juries
Frameline – San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival,
Award Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media[citation
1996: New York Women in Film and Television, Muse Award for
Outstanding Vision and Achievement
Gotham Award for producing
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
2003: National Board of Review, Producers Award
2007: Woodstock Film Festival, Honorary Maverick Award
Killer Films were given special tributes from the
Deauville Film Festivals.
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
Filmography as producer
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)
I Shot Andy Warhol
I Shot Andy Warhol (Mary Harron)
Office Killer (Cindy Sherman)
Kiss Me, Guido
Kiss Me, Guido (Tony Vitale)
1998: Happiness (Todd Solondz)
Velvet Goldmine (Todd Haynes)
1999: Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce)
1999: I'm Losing You (Bruce Wagner)
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)
One Hour Photo
One Hour Photo (Mark Romanek)
The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone (Tim Blake Nelson)
The Safety of Objects
The Safety of Objects (Rose Troche)
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)
A Dirty Shame (John Waters)
The Notorious Bettie Page
The Notorious Bettie Page (Mary Harron)
Mrs. Harris (Phyllis Nagy)
2006: Infamous (Douglas McGrath)
This American Life
This American Life (Ira Glass)
An American Crime
An American Crime (Tommy O'Haver)
I'm Not There
I'm Not There (Todd Haynes)
Savage Grace (Tom Kalin)
Then She Found Me
Then She Found Me (Helen Hunt)
2008: Gigantic (Matt Aselton)
2009: Motherhood (Katherine Dieckmann)
2009: Cracks (Jordan Scott)
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)
What's Wrong with Virginia
What's Wrong with Virginia (Dustin Lance Black)
Lullaby for Pi (Benoit Philippon)
Deep Powder (Mo Ogordnik)
The Last of Robin Hood
The Last of Robin Hood (
Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer)
2013: Innocence (Hilary Brougher)
Still Alice (
Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer)
Nasty Baby (Sebastián Silva)
2015: Carol (Todd Haynes)
2016: Goat (Andrew Neel)
2016: Wiener-Dog (Todd Solondz)
2016: White Girl (Elizabeth Wood)
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)
Where Is Kyra? (Andrew Dosunmu)
Beatriz at Dinner (Miguel Arteta)
2017: Wonderstruck (Todd Haynes)
2017: Mercy (Tali Shalom-Ezer)
2018: First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
Works and publications
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.
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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
^ Dietrich, Joy (July 6, 2010). "Asked & Answered". The New York
Times. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
^ "AND THE 2007 WINNERS ARE..." Woodstock Film Festival. 2007.
Christine Vachon on IMDb
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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