Christine Vachon


Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past two decades, they have produced over 100 films and some of the most celebrated American indie features including: CAROL (nominated for six Academy Awards), FAR FROM HEAVEN (nominated for four Academy Awards), STILL ALICE (Academy Award winner), BOYS DON'T CRY (Academy Award winner), ONE HOUR PHOTO, KIDS, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, HAPPINESS, VELVET GOLDMINE, SAFE, I SHOT ANDY WARHOL, and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO. Other recent work includes: GOAT, WEINER DOG, WHITE GIRL and BEATRIZ AT DINNER. Killer Films recently produced Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING starring Christina Ricci for Amazon Studios, as well as Todd Haynes’ latest film, WONDERSTRUCK. They are currently in post-production on Paul Schrader's latest feature, FIRST REFORMED.

Vachon is also the director of the MFA program at Stony Brook University.


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John Lesher


John Lesher is the founder and President of Le Grisbi Productions, an independent film and television production company. In 2015, he won an Academy Award for Best Motion Picture for producing BIRDMAN. Other works include BLACK MASS (2015) and FURY (2014). Lesher is a graduate of Harvard University and began his career as an agent at
the Bauer-Benedek Agency. He is also a founding partner of Superprime, a production company specializing in commercials, branded content, and innovative film. In 2005, Lesher left Endeavor to form Paramount Vantage, where he was responsible for such films as BABEL, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, and NO COUNTRY FOR
OLD MEN. In 2008, he was appointed President of Paramount Pictures. During that time,
he guided the studio to 49 Academy Award nominations, 13 wins, and 1 Best Picture.

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Greg Shapiro

Greg Shapiro is the Academy Award-winning producer of THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, which received a total of six Oscars including Best Picture. Shapiro was also executive producer on Bigelow’s ZERO DARK THIRTY, which received five Academy Award® nominations, and Bruce Robinson’s THE RUM DIARY, starring Johnny Depp. His upcoming films include SERENITY, as well as RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE. Shapiro also produced James Gray’s THE IMMIGRANT, which premiered at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival as part of the official competition and was released by The Weinstein Company in 2014. His other producing credits include CHILD 44 directed by Daniel
Espinosa; THE CONSPIRATOR, directed by Robert Redford; THE RULES OF ATTRACTION directed by Roger Avary; and the popular HAROLD & KUMAR franchise.

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