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Killer Films Chief Talks About Filmmaking At The 57th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Christine Vachon is a veteran indie film producer who has worked on many critically acclaimed films including Boys Don’t Cry, The Kids Are All Right and Carol. In a recent interview with Variety at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Vachon discussed the state of independent film, the challenges of working with first-time directors, and her hopes for the future of adult-driven drama.

What did she say in her interview, summed up?

Christine Vachon, the co-founder of Killer Films, discussed her priorities and the work of her company in a brief conversation at the start of an event. She talked about how she feels about working with first-time directors and how cynicism affects a project. When asked about the Killer Films brand, Vachon said that the company’s films are original, provocative, and have something to say. She attributed this to the different tastes of her and her co-founder, Pamela Koffler, which ensures that the company produces a variety of projects. Vachon concluded by saying that she feels what Killer Films does is very eclectic.

Vachon acknowledged that the indie film space is facing challenges, but she said that it has not gotten harder to create content. She said that the key question is what the future of theatrical releases will be, and how that will affect the kinds of stories that can be told. She concluded by asking a bunch of questions, “What we are really looking at now is what’s going to happen to adult-driven drama? And have people simply decided that they’d rather watch that at home? And what gives something that sense of urgency to send you to the theater to see it?”

“It’s really easy to get very cynical in this business, and this cynicism is incredibly destructive. First-time directors tend to be making the story they really want to tell, and their joy…in what they do is something that gets me excited.”

Christine Vachon

Where did this interview with Christine Vachon take place?

On Sunday, Christine Vachon shared insights and anecdotes with an audience of select guests at the Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic) during a tribute dinner in her honor at the 57th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The hotel, which has been featured in the James Bond film Casino Royale (as Hotel Splendide) and the Wes Anderson film with the same name (as the The Grand Budapest Hotel was inspired by it), held the guests in its vicinity for the event in formal cocktail attire.