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

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

On February 1, 2014, Indiewire will be co-sponsoring a Master Class at Stony Brook Manhattan with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Films. These two indie producers of “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Kill Your Darlings” — in addition to 75 other films — will talk about the intersection of creativity and business from over 25 years of experience, focusing on one all-inclusive goal: how to get your movie made and how to get it seen.

Indiewire is happy to provide a limited number of $75 tickets ($50-off this normally $125 event).  To register with the discount, readers should email mfamanhattan@stonybrook.edu with MASTER CLASS & Indiewire in the subject line. 

The Master Class will be held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. You can find the full announcement from the sponsors below.

Additional dates:

  • Stony Brook Manhattan Open House: 5 P.M., Wednesday, November 20, 2013,  

  • First Application deadline:  Monday, December 2, 2013

  • First day of new 10-credit/20-week course sequence: January 29, 2014 (Manhattan)

  • Last day to register for the Master Class: January 27, 2014


  • 20-Day Production Intensive: July 7-27, 2014 (Southampton)

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers, has joined forces with Indiewire to bring the Master Class with Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler to Stony Brook Manhattan.

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 more. Their projects include “Far from Heaven,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” 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,” “Happiness;” “Safe” and “I Shot Andy Warhol.” They executive-produced the Todd Haynes miniseries “Mildred Pierce” 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, Ireland, Chile, and Poland. In 2013, Killer Films joined forces with Stony Brook University in Southampton and Manhattan. Killer has also begun production on Sebastian Silva’s new film “Nasty Baby” starring Kristen Wiig, and continues to put together the forthcoming Todd Haynes Patricia Highsmith adaptation “Carol” which will star Cate Blanchett.

The six-hour Master Class on February 1 will focus on getting your movie made and seen. 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 the Killer Masterclass, Vachon & Koffler have partnered with Southampton Arts with one goal in mind: “to match the reality of the film business today.” They envision a new graduate film 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.

This Winter, Spring and Summer Killer Films and Stony Brook offer the new extended 20-week course sequence: 20/20/20.  www.stonybrook.edu/film  “Revolutionary change in technology has made filmmaking accessible,” Vachon said, and “students are coming to film programs with greater literacy in visual storytelling than ever before. With 20/20/20, we 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.”

“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 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 $75 discount tickets ($50-off) for Indiewire readers.  To register with the discount, readers should email mfamanhattan@stonybrook.edu with MASTER CLASS & Indiewire in the subject line to receive the $50 pre-registration discount for Indiewire & IFP applicants prior to January 15 (discount code: WIRE). After January 15, all registrations are $125. Box office closes January 27.

To register for the Killer Masterclass, go to:


For more information about the Stony Brook Southampton film program go to: www.stonybrook.edu/film

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