Indie Filmmakers Kill It at Stony Brook Southampton

Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Pamela Koffler. Courtesy Stony Book Southampton

Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes and Pamela Koffler. Images courtesy Stony Book Southampton

Monday night provided another opportunity for film students at Stony Brook Southampton to sit at the feet of successful movie mavericks. Killer Films Co-Founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler and director Todd Haynes were all present at the launch of the 20/20/20 Production Boot Camp of Killer Films and Stony Brook Southampton’s new Graduate Program in Digital Filmmaking. Appropriately, the trio talked about their experiences making independent films.
Haynes, a film director and screenwriter, has collaborated with Killer Films on a number of features. The Brown University graduate began to get noticed by the filmmaking community when his “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” which he shot in 1987 while an MFA student at Bard College, began making serious waves. Using Barbies, (and many Carpenters songs without first obtaining the music rights) he depicted Karen Carpenter’s struggle with anorexia and bulimia. His first feature film, “Poison,” was produced by Killer and went on to win the 1991 Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize. Other collaborations between the filmmaker and first major indie production company, founded in 1995, have included: “Velvet Goldmine,” “Safe,” Academy Award-nominated films “I’m Not There” and “Far From Heaven,” and HBO’s “Mildred Pierce.” Other notable Killer Films efforts include Academy Award-winner “Boys Don’t Cry,” “One Hour Photo,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Happiness,” “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Kill Your Darlings.”
To learn more about the program email southamptonarts@stonybrook.edu or visit
stonybrook.edu/film.

Bob Reeves, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes, Michelle Stark, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Pamela Koffler

Bob Reeves, Christine Vachon, Todd Haynes, Michelle Stark, Dorothy Lichtenstein and Pamela Koffler

Students before they make films for 20 days, with Vachon, Melissa Bank, Magdalene Brandeis, Koffler and Haynes

Stony Brook Southampton 20/20/20 digital filmmaking students with Christine Vachon, Melissa Bank, Magdalene Brandeis, Pamela Koffler and Todd Haynes.

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