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A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond

Vachon, Christine

ISBN 10: 0743256301 / ISBN 13: 9780743256308
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2005
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Title: A Killer Life: How an Independent Film ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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Edition: First Edition

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(Limelight). A Killer Life is a book about just that: the killer life of an alternative film producer who's forged her own path of success between the disparate pillars of art and commerce. Strong, steady, creative, loyal, funny, artistic, and doggedly determined to produce films that have meaning and substance and staying power in the pantheon of great cinema, Christine Vachon, a member of the Academy and born and bred on the realistic, unforgiving streets of New York City, is one of the most important people working behind the scenes in the film industry today. How did she get there? Why do directors love her? What does it take to produce great movies? What happened on the set of Kids ? These answers and more are in her book!

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Interested in the travails of big-time creative movie producers? Check out Vachon's entertainingly brooding story, that of a producer of such edgy yet profitable films as Boys Don't Cry and Far from Heaven. More than the grandiose Robert Evans (Urban Cowboy, Chinatown--but also The Cotton Club), who memorably chronicled his career in autobio The Kid Stays in the Picture (1994), Vachon tightrope-walks between making engaging movies and turning a profit, which nowadays means earning enough to ensure further opportunities to film stories different from the current mainstream fare of feelings-heavy weepers and gratuitous-explosion capers. Despite Vachon's proven track record, bottom-line considerations are never far from her consciousness, and the ingenious ways in which she deals with that situation provide much fodder for ironic reflection and pointed exposition. Her tale of professional ups and downs engagingly describes the Hollywood firmament that lies between the heady realm of big-timers like Evans and the hand-to-mouth existence of ground-level filmmakers like Lloyd Kaufman of Toxic Avenger fame. A fine, informative, entertaining addition to -inside-Hollywood literature. Mike Tribby
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