Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Christine Vachon lecture at Penn State

Just received:

Christine Vachon, acclaimed independent film producer and co-founder of Killer Films, will be visiting the [Penn State] University Park campus to discuss the art and business of independent film.  Her lecture, “Making Movies That Matter,” is on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30pm in the HUB Auditorium.  Ms.  Vachon’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1995, Vachon’s company Killer Films has established itself at the forefront of American independent cinema, with a reputation for delivering challenging, thought-provoking and original movies from filmmakers with distinctive visions. The company has produced over 40 films, including the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There (2007), Kim Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry (1999), for which Hilary Swank won the Best Actress Oscar, and John Cameron Mitchell’s gender-bending rock odyssey Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). Ms. Vachon is also the author of two books: A Killer Life: How an Independent Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond (2006); and Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter (1998). Both books were Los Angeles Times bestsellers.

Ms. Vachon’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Film/Video and Media Studies, the Department of Telecommunications, and the LGBTA Student Resource Center.

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