The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation's oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers has joined forces with indieWIRE, the leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike, to bring to Stony Brook Manhattan the masterclass with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, focusing on the practical advice and lessons these two indie powerhouses have compiled after 25 years in the indie film business, more than 75 films under their belts, and 6 films produced in 2012 alone—including 2 earning buzz at Sundance this year: Kill Your Darlings with Daniel Radcliffe and Elizabeth Olsen; and Magic Magic with Michael Cera and Juno Temple.
Vachon and Koffler co-founded Killer Films in 1995 and, since then, have discovered and nurtured many young directors, producing the first features of not only Todd Haynes, but Rose Troche, Mary Harron and many, many more. Their projects include Far from Heaven (four Academy Award nominations); Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award Winner); Haynes’s controversial feature, Poison, as well as his Venice Film Festival Award-winning I’m Not There; One Hour Photo; Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Sundance Film Festival); Happiness; Safe; and I Shot Andy Warhol. They executive-produced the Todd Haynes miniseries Mildred Pierce (featuring Kate Winslet) for HBO. In 2011 Killer Films partnered with Moxie Pictures to create the talent management firm KillerMoxie Management, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. Beyond guiding writing and directing talent, they have also mentored and helped build the careers of many top producers and executives. Acknowledging the company’s achievements, New York’s Museum of Modern Art honored Killer Films with a 10-year retrospective in 2005.
Vachon has shared her insights with sold-out audiences of filmmakers in the UK and Scandinavia. Now she and Koffler are gearing up for a next-level Killer Masterclass for her hometown NYC filmmaking community at Stony Brook Manhattan on Saturday, March 23.
The six-hour workshop will focus on how to get a movie made, make it right, get it seen, and live to tell about it—and how to survive to do it all over again. And again. And again. And again. The film industry’s creative and business sectors are at an intersection of unlimited potential and students will learn how to tap into and exploit the shifting paradigms of filmmaking as it is practiced today.
In addition to helming this new edition of the Killer Masterclass, Vachon has recently joined the Stony Brook Southampton faculty with one goal in mind: "to match the reality of the film business today." She envisions a new program that will train the filmmakers of tomorrow to be expert storytellers with the grit and imagination to reach their audiences in "platform-agnostic" ways.
“Revolutionary change in technology has made filmmaking accessible,” she says, and “students are coming to film programs with greater literacy in visual storytelling than ever before. At Southampton Arts, we will have the luxury of starting at ground zero to envision a new of model for instruction that embraces new platforms for distribution. The approach will be hands-on and experiential, and the emphasis will be on the production of new work.”
This summer, Stony Brook Southampton will grant 20 full scholarships to
20 students to make 20 short films in 20 intense days (July 8-28; http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/
"The exorbitant cost of higher education is now drawing national attention," said Stony Brook Provost Robert Reeves. "Those costs have always been a concern to students pursuing the arts. I’m proud that at Stony Brook Southampton we can offer 20 full scholarships to 20 deserving students, underscoring our ability to offer the kind of education that is typically available only to the one percent, at a price that the 99 percent can afford."
The fee for the Killer Masterclass is $125, with a $50 pre-registration discount for Indiewire & IFP applicants prior to March 10 (discount code: INDIE). After March 15, all registrations are $125. Box office closes March 20.
To register for the Killer Masterclass, go to http://www.stonybrook.edu/