Christine Vachon is an American movie producer who, along with partner Pamela Koffler, runs indie icon Killer Films.
Christine produced Todd Haynes’ controversial first feature, POISON, which was awarded the Grand Jury prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, she has gone on to produce some of the most acclaimed American independent films including FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), BOYS DON’T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, GO FISH, SWOON ad I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated).
Recent Killer releases include Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt’s directorial debut, THEN SHE FOUND ME, starring Hunt, Colin Firth, Bette Midler, and Matthew Broderick; Tom Kalin’s SAVAGE GRACE, starring Julianne Moore and Stephen Dillane, which premiered in official selection of Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival; and Matt Aselton’s GIGANTIC, starring Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel and John Goodman. Having already made one successful foray into the world of original television movies with the 11 Emmy nominations garnered MRS HARRIS, Christine recently produced AN AMERICAN CRIME (world premiere on Showtime), a true-crime drama starring Catherine Keener, Ellen Page and James Franco, with Keener getting an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a mini-series or a movie. In addition to all of these features, Christine also maintains her role as executive producer on the Emmy Award winning series “This American Life.”
In 1994, Christine was awarded the Frameline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media and, in 1996, with the prestigious Music Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement by New York Women In Film And Television. For her work on FAR FROM HEAVEN, she was honored by the New York Film Critics Circle, and received the Producer of the Year Award from the National Board of Review. Killer’s movies have received multiple awards and nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the Oscars), the Emmy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the Golden Globes), and the Independent Spirit Awards. Christine and Killer have also received special tributes from the South By Southwest, Cinequest, Provincetown, Rhode Island, Woodstock, Deauville and, most recently, the Locarno Film Festivals. Most notably, on the occasion of Killer’s 10th anniversary in 2005, the company was feted with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
Christine is the author of two books: A Killer Life: How An Independent Producer Survives Deals And Disasters In Hollywood And Beyond (Simon and Schuster, 2006); and Shooting To Kill: How An Independent Producer Blasts Through The Barriers To Make Movies That Matter (Avon, 1998). Both books were Los Angeles Times bestsellers.