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Take $50 Off a Master Class with Christine Vachon and Killer Films at Stony Brook

Take $50 Off a Master Class with Christine Vachon and Killer Films at Stony Brook

On March 23rd, Indiewire will be co-sponsoring a master class at Stony Brook Manhattan with Christin Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films, the indie producers of films like this year’s Sundance breakout “Kill Your Darlings.” Having co-founded Killer in 1995, the duo will talk about the intersection of creativity and business sense from nearly twenty years of experience, focusing on one all-inclusive goal: getting your movie made and seen.

Indiewire is happy to provide a limited number of $50 discounts to this event.  To register for this event with the discount, readers should email southamptonarts@stonybrook.edu with MASTER CLASS & Indiewire in the subject line.

The master class will be on Saturday, March 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. You can find the full announcement from the sponsors below:

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
with Daniel Radcliffe and Elizabeth Olsen; and Magic Magic with Michael Cera and Juno

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
 (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

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

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/mfa/film)
at its new Southampton Arts Summer program, where a community of world class
filmmakers, novelists, poets, playwrights, directors, and actors
gather in a cutting edge—and uniquely bucolic—arts incubator.  

 “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/southampton/mfa/docs/masterclass_vachon_form.pdf

For more information about the Stony Brook Southampton film
program, or the 20/20/20 scholarship program, go to http://www.stonybrook.edu/southampton/mfa/summer/film_index.html,
or email southamptonarts@stonybrook.edu.

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