Film Producers Ted Hope and Christine Vachon to Visit, Dec. 1-2

11/23/2011

Contributed by Melissa Gattine

The producers of such critically acclaimed films as “Boys Don’t Cry” and “The Laramie Project” will work with communications students and give a free public lecture during a visit to Ithaca College. Frequent collaborators Ted Hope and Christine Vachon will present “Producing Truly Independent Cinema” on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium

In their lecture, Vachon and Hope will discuss how to secure international film financing and how to prepare an independent feature-length film for production as well as the ethical imperative for constructing a cooperative and sustainable global business. During their visit they will also hold a master class for students on “The Practical Business of International Film Financing” and listen to pitches from students proposing a film, television pilot or business plan.

Ted Hope emerged from the pack of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s and continues to deliver fresh and exciting new work. He produced the early features of such notable directors as Ang Lee (“The Wedding Banquet,” “The Ice Storm”), Hal Hartley (“Simple Men”), Edward Burns (“The Brothers McMullen”) and Michel Gondry (“Human Nature”). His credits also include “The Laramie Project,” the HBO film about the murder of Matthew Shepherd; the award-winning Todd Solondz films “Happiness” and “In the Bedroom”; “21 Grams”; and “American Splendor.”

Christine Vachon helped shepherd the making of the critically acclaimed “Boys Don’t Cry” and has produced every feature film directed by Todd Haynes, including “Poison,” “Far From Heaven” and “I’m Not There.” Her other film credits include “One Hour Photo” (directed by Ithaca College graduate Mark Romanek ’81), “I Shot Andy Warhol,” “Happiness” and “Motherhood” (directed by Ithaca native Katherine Dieckmann).

The visit is sponsored by the Department of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts, Department of Television and Radio, and Dean’s Office in the Roy H. Park School of Communications; the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life; and the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact The Roy H. Park School of Communications at (607) 274-1021. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.

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