Independent Film Producers to Speak at Ithaca College
ITHACA, NY — 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.
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).
For television, Vachon produced the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce” and won an Emmy Award for her role as executive producer of Showtime’s “This American Life.” She has also been honored with the Producers Award from the National Board of Review, Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement by New York Women in Film and Television, Honorary Maverick Award from the Woodstock Film Festival and Frameline Award for Outstanding Achievement in Lesbian and Gay Media.
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.”
Among Hope’s 23 entries in the Sundance Film Festival, three have won the Grand Jury Prize. The “Hollywood Reporter” named Hope and his partners in the film production company This is that among the 25 most powerful people in the independent film business. He cofounded the film review website Hammer To Nail and maintains several blogs, consolidated on his site Hope For Film, which covers such topics as trends in indie film and tips for better filmmaking.
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.
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.