Christine Vachon

Ted HopeChristine Vachon is an American movie producer who, along with partner Pamela Koffler, founded indie powerhouse Killer Films in 1995. The company has produced a number of the most acclaimed American independent films over the past two decades including FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), BOYS DON’T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, KIDS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, CAMP, SWOON and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated).

Over the past year Christine produced Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black’s WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA (world premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival) and Benoit Phillipon’s feature
debut LULLABY FOR PI (currently in post). Christine is currently executive producing Todd Haynes’ five episode HBO mini series MILDRED PIERCE, starring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce which is scheduled to air on March 27th of this year.

In 1994, Christine was awarded the Frameline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media. In 1996 she was honored with the prestigious Music Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement by New York Women In Film And Television. For her work on FAR FROM HEAVEN, she was honored by the New York Film Critics Circle, and received the Producer of the Year Award from the National Board of Review.

Killer’s movies have received multiple awards and nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Emmy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Independent Spirit Awards. Christine and Killer have also received special tributes from the South By Southwest, Cinequest, Provincetown, Rhode Island, Woodstock, Deauville and, most recently, the Locarno Film Festivals. On the occasion of Killer’s 10th anniversary in 2005, the company was feted with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.

Christine 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). Both books were Los Angeles Times bestsellers.