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A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond

A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond
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Author: Christine Vachon & Austin Bunn
Publisher: Limelight Editions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 320
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0879103485
ISBN-13: 9780879103484

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

Here is an account of a filmmaker who looks straight into the eye of the Hollywood blockbuster storm and dares not to blink. A Killer Life is a behind-the-scenes memoir of the battle between creativity and commerce – and a renegade's rise to being one of the most powerful female producers in independent film today.

Intelligent and tough as nails, but endearingly self-effacing, Christine Vachon's account of her filmmaking experiences, and the successes and failures that have made Killer Films, the company she set up in 1995 alongside Pamela Koffler, one of the few truly independent film companies in New York City, is a thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking read for filmmakers and fans alike.

Killer Life traces the early years Christine Vachon spent producing such controversial and critically acclaimed movies as Poison, Happiness, and Kids, films that paved the way for Academy Award-winning triumphs like Boys Don't Cry. She recounts the birth and rise of independent film and the evolution of her company, Killer Films, revealing the stories behind star castings and firings and films that never got made; how sexuality factors into the films she produces; and how the often lethal combination of finance and creativity affects what we see on the big screen.

What people say:

"Christine Vachon doesn't pull any punches, and her candor about filmmaking is truly refreshing. A Killer Life is a must-read for aspiring filmmakers and seasoned veterans alike." — Gale Anne Hurd, producer of the Terminator series

"Glamorously adventurous but sometimes scarily truthful, Christine Vachon's funny, insightful new book about producing independent movies reads like a thriller. Boy, can she kick ass to get a movie made." — John Waters

"The parents of every film student should save the money they're spending sending their kids to school and just buy them a copy of this book." Scott Rudin, producer

"A fine, informative, entertaining addition to inside-Hollywood literature." — Booklist

About the Author:

Christine Vachon is co-founder of the New York City-based Killer Films. 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 and I'm Not There (Academy Award nominated). Killer Films executive produced Mildred Pierce, the Emmy Award-winning HBO series starring Kate Winslet. Most recently, the company produced the Oscar-nominated Still Alice, for which Julianne Moore was awarded a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, and Carol. Killer Films is also producing the new television series, Z: The Beginning of Everything for Amazon.