INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Christine Vachon - "There is No Excuse Not to Make Your Own Movie Anymore"
By Anthony Kaufman, indieWIRE
Twenty-five years ago, Christine Vachon was a young woman in New York City, syncing dailies on Bill Sherwood's seminal queer film "Parting Glances." Little did the 22-year-old rebel know she would go on to a career that is among the most distinguished in independent film: Producing all of Todd Haynes' features, from "Poison" to "Mildred Pierce," as well as seminal American films "Kids," "I Shot Andy Warhol," "Happiness," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Boys Don't Cry," and many others.
Recently celebrated at NewFest, New York's annual LGBT event, where she was given the festival's inaugural Visionary Award, Vachon spoke to an audience at Lincoln Center's new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center about her early years in the business, her collaborations with Todd Haynes, and how she's preparing for the future.
"I often get asked about the so-called queer cinema, and what it was and what it meant," said Vachon. "And what gets taken out of the equation," she explained, "is the sense of urgency. People were dying all around us and we were so young. I think that a lot of filmmakers went to that extra place to get their stories out there, because they felt, if they didn't, they would never be able to. And I think that informed a lot of those early movies."
Deadline Approaching: CPB Program Challenge Fund
The Program Challenge Fund was created to support high-profile, primetime, limited series for the national public television schedule. The Program Challenge Fund is jointly administered by CPB and PBS, which make funding decisions based on mutually established programming goals and objectives.
CPB and PBS have refined the purpose of the Program Challenge Fund in an effort to bring additional impact to the National Program Service schedule. The Program Challenge Fund funds high-visibility, high-impact, limited series that offer a definitive take on a subject or break new ground in popular, public service media.
Deadline: August 4, 2011
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The Harvest/La Cosecha Opening in NY & LA
From the Producers of the Academy-Award nominated film, War/Dance and Executive Producer Eva Longoria, the award-winning documentary The Harvest/La Cosecha provides an intimate glimpse into the lives of these children who struggle to dream while working 12 - 14 hours a day, 7 days a week to feed America.
Synopsis: Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas' onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest.
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Q&A's Friday and Saturday after the 7:10pm show with the film's producers, Susan MacLaury and Albie Hecht!
"There's not a wasted frame in U. Roberto Romano's documentary The Harvest, in which he illustrates the real costs of the produce on your grocer's shelves" - Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
Win Tickets to the 2nd Latin American Showcase: Women on the Verge (LA)
From August 12-18 at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles , CA., Outsider Pictures presents the Second Annual Latin American Film Showcase: Women on the Verge, a series of five films sampling the latest outstanding work from one of the most exciting frontiers of contemporary world cinema: Latin America .
Produced, written, directed or edited by up-and-coming and established Latin American female filmmakers, these films celebrate and embrace traditional Latino sensibilities and values while also exploring the realities of the human condition and the conflict created when these cannot be reconciled. At the core of each of these five films beats the heart of a woman: a woman at a defining crossroads in life who is on the verge of transcending her current circumstance or making that false step that could send her into the abyss.
The five films are "The Water at the End of the World" (Argentina), "The Good Herbs" (Mexico), "It's Your Fault" (Argentina), "Of Love and Other Demons" (Costa Rica), and "Portraits in a Sea of Lies " (Colombia). More information on each film can be found below.
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2nd Annual Latin American Film Showcase: Women on the Verge
"It's Your Fault" ("Por Tu Culpa," Argentina)
Director: Anahi Berneri
Cast: Erica Rivas, Nicasio Galan, Zenon Galan, Ruben Viani, Marta Bianchini
Exhausted divorced mother, Julieta is struggling to meet a critical work deadline while trying to put her two young energetic boys to bed. When the youngest falls and is injured, Julieta rushes the child to hospital but as soon as she arrives, her life spirals further out of control as the staff question her treatment of the boys and investigate potential abuse. As the story unfolds, the question of who to blame and who to believe becomes difficult to answer. This minimalist third feature by director Anahi Berneri ("A Year Without Love") is helmed with acuity and features a high-wire, carefully controlled performance by Erica Rivas as a woman on the verge of losing her children.
"Portraits in a Sea of Lies " ("Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras," Colombia)
Director: Carlos Gaviria
Cast: Paola Baldion, Julian Roman, Edgardo Roman, Valeria Fuentes
After the accidental death of their grandfather, amnesic and mute Marina is taken under wing by wheeler-dealer cousin Jairo (Julian Roman) as they decide to try to recover the land from which Marina was displaced years ago. As they travel from Bogota to the Caribbean coast in an old beat-up Renault 4, the story of her traumatic past starts to unfold. Writer-director Carlos Gaviria frames a ravishing landscape that hides a legacy of fear.
"Portraits in a Sea of Lies " is a portrait of Colombia , a country where despite suffering an ongoing civil war for the past 60 years, Colombians see themselves as the happiest people in the world.
"The Good Herbs" ("Las Buenos Hierbas," Mexico)
Director: Maria Novaro
Cast: Ursula Pruneda, Ofelia Medina, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Cosmo Gonzalez Munoz, Gabino Rodriguez
Everything changes for single mother Dalia (Ursula Pruneda) when she learns that her mother Lala (Ofelia Medina), a respected herbalist, has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Lala asks her daughter to help her before she completely loses her mind and gives Dalia her latest research on plants and herbal remedies that according to Pre-Colombian, Mexican tradition cure the human soul. Dahlia thus begins a compelling journey into her mother's mind and memories as well as into her own identity. Sure-footed direction by leading Mexican filmmaker Maria Novaro eschews melodrama and creates a densely woven world of real domestic tensions and lifestyles.
"The Water at the End of the World" ("El Agua Del Fin Del Mundo," Argentina)
Director: Paula Siero
Cast: Guadalupe Docampo, Diana Lamas, Facundo Arana, Graciela Stefani, Mario Alarcon, Antonio Ugo, Mauricio Dayub
Laura and Adriana are two sisters who live together and desire to take one final journey together after Adriana's health begins to deteriorate from an inoperable condition. With very little money on hand, Laura does everything possible to find the cash so that they can leave their impoverished neighborhood in Buenos Aires for Ushuaia, a place at the end of the world where Adriana wants to spend her last days. A powerful, moving feature debut from actress Paula Siero offers a warm, intensely honest, and humane story of two sisters desperate to come to terms with one another before it's too late.
"Of Love and Other Demons" ("Del Amor y Otros Demonios," Costa Rica)
Director: Hilda Hidalgo
Cast: Pablo Derqui, Eliza Triana, Jordi Dauder, Joaquin Climent, Margarita Rosa de Francisco, Damian Alcazar, Martha Leal
Based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel, this film is set in colonial South America during a time of superstition and fear. A rabid dog bites fiery, 13-year-old noble Sierva Maria (Eliza Triana). Fearing her to be possessed, the family imprisons her in a convent. Father Delaura (Pablo Derqui), the passionate young protege of the bishop, is sent to oversee her exorcism. He alone understands the absurd cruelty of her plight, but his denunciation of her treatment is complicated by the chaste but forbidden love blossoming between them. Costa Rican director Hilda Hidalgo's debut feature is a masterful blend of understated performances infused with the dreamlike atmosphere of the Colombian novelist's source material.