Killer Films

Killer Films is a New York City-based independent film production company founded by movie producers Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler in 1995. The company has produced a number of the most acclaimed American independent films over the past two decades including Far From Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards), Boys Don't Cry (Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo, Kids, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Swoon, I'm Not There (Academy Award nominated), Kill Your Darlings, Still Alice (Academy Award winner) and Carol (nominated for six Academy Awards). Killer Films executive produced Todd Haynes' five episode HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce featuring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce, which went on to win five Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Killer Films
United States
Key people
David Hinojosa
WebsiteKiller Films

In 2014, Killer Films merged with Glass Elevator Media to form Killer Content, Inc.[1]

Awards and recognition

Killer Films productions have received multiple awards and nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Emmy Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Independent Spirit Awards. On the occasion of Killer's 10th anniversary in 2005, the company was feted with a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.[2]

Christine Vachon's first feature production, Poison, directed by Todd Haynes, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. Poison was one of the defining films of the emerging New Queer Cinema.[3][4][5] For her work on Far From Heaven, another Todd Haynes collaboration, Vachon was honored by the New York Film Critics Circle, and received the Producer of the Year Award from the National Board of Review.[6]

Vachon produced the Showtime television show of NPR's This American Life, for which she won an Emmy. In 2011, Christine was invited to give the State of Cinema Address at the San Francisco Film Society's 54th San Francisco International Film Festival.

Vachon has also written two books on her life and career, Shooting to Kill (1998),[7] and A Killer Life (2006).[8]

One of Killer's most recent films, Kill Your Darlings, directed by John Krokidas, and starred Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, was selected for the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.[9] After producing Magic Magic, which debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to wide acclaim, Killer re-teamed with writer-director Sebastián Silva on his new feature, Nasty Baby.[10]

In 2015, Julianne Moore won the Best Performance by an Actress Oscar for her part in the 2014 Killer film Still Alice, directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, based on the novel of the same name, written by Lisa Genova.[11] That same year, Killer re-teamed with director Todd Haynes on Carol, based on the 1952 romance novel, The Price of Salt, written by Patricia Highsmith. The film stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.[12]

In 2017, the company produced Janicza Bravo's Lemon starring Brett Gelman and Judy Greer;[13] Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek and Chloë Sevigny;[14] and Dina directed by Dan Sickles & Antonio Santini, the latter of three winning the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[15][16]

In May 2017, the company signed a two-year first look deal with Amazon Studios.[17]

Upcoming projects

Killer Films is currently in pre-production of the Douglas McGrath film Brooklyn Bridge, starring Daniel Radcliffe as Washington Roebling;[18] Andrew Neel's follow-up to King Kelly;[19] Colette, directed by Wash Westmoreland starring Keira Knightley.[20] and Todd Solondz's Love Child.[21]



Year Title Worldwide box office Notes
1991 Poison $787,280[22]
1992 Swoon
1994 Go Fish $2.4 million[23]
1994 Postcards from America
1995 Safe $512,245[24]
1995 Kids $7.4 million[25]
1995 Stonewall $692,400[26]
1996 Plain Pleasures
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol $1.9 million[27]
1997 Bad Bosses Go to Hell Short film
1997 Office Killer $76,054[28]
1998 Happiness $2.8 million[29]
1998 Velvet Goldmine $1.1 million [30]
1998 I'm Losing You $13,996[31]
1998 Dark Harbor
1999 Boys Don't Cry $11.5 million[32] Won one Academy Award
2000 Crime + Punishment in Suburbia $26,394[33]
2001 Series 7: The Contenders $195,065[34]
2001 Women in Film
2001 The Safety of Objects $319,299[35]
2001 Storytelling $2 million[36]
2001 Hedwig and the Angry Inch $3.6 million[37]
2001 The Grey Zone $517,872[38]
2001 Chelsea Walls $60,902[39]
2002 One Hour Photo $52 million[40]
2002 Far From Heaven $29 million[41] Nominated for four Academy Awards
2003 Party Monster $742,898[42]
2003 Camp $2.6 million[43]
2003 The Company $6.4 million[44]
2004 A Home at the End of the World $1.5 million[45]
2004 A Dirty Shame $1.9 million[46]
2005 The Notorious Bettie Page $1.8 million[47]
2006 Infamous $2.6 million[48]
2007 An American Crime $1.3 million[49]
2007 Savage Grace $1.4 million[50]
2007 I'm Not There $11.7 million[51] Nominated for one Academy Award
2007 Then She Found Me $8.4 million[52]
2008 Gigantic $165,888[53]
2009 Motherhood $726,354[54]
2009 Cracks $29,683[55]
2009 Cairo Time $2 million[56]
2010 Lulu at the Ace Hotel Short film
2010 Virginia $12,728[57]
2010 Dirty Girl $55,125[58]
2011 Dragonslayer
2012 Shut Up and Play the Hits $629,107[59]
2012 At Any Price $380,594[60]
2013 Magic Magic
2013 Kill Your Darlings $2.1 million[61]
2013 Dealin' with Idiots $17,909[62]
2013 Deep Powder
2013 The Last of Robin Hood $288,545[63]
2013 WildLike
2013 Bluebird
2014 Young Bodies Heal Quickly
2014 Electric Slide
2014 Still Alice $44 million[64] Won one Academy Award
2014 Mala Mala $10,761[65]
2015 Nasty Baby $80,828[66]
2015 Carol $40.3 million[67] Nominated for nine British Academy Film Awards
Nominated for six Academy Awards
Nominated for five Golden Globe Awards
2016 Woman in Deep Short film
2016 Goat $23,020[68]
2016 Wiener-Dog $716,633[69][70]
2016 White Girl $200,242[71]
2016 Frank & Lola $9,188[72]
2016 A Kind of Murder $89,899[73]
2016 London Town
2017 Dina $96,524[74]
2017 Lemon $29,528[75]
2017 Where Is Kyra? $59,717[76]
2017 Beatriz at Dinner $7.4 million[77]
2017 Wonderstruck $3.3 million[78]
2017 My Days of Mercy
2017 First Reformed $3.8 million[79] Nominated for one Academy Award
2018 Colette $13.8 million[80]
2018 Vox Lux $1.3 million[81]
2019 American Woman
2019 Dark Waters
TBA Zola
TBA Shirley
TBA The World to Come


Year Title Notes
2005 Mrs. Harris TV movie
Nominated for twelve Emmy Awards[82]
2007–2009 This American Life TV series
Won three Emmy Awards[83]
2011 Mildred Pierce TV miniseries
Won five Emmy Awards[84]
2015–2017 Z: The Beginning of Everything TV series

See also

Further reading

  • Vachon, Christine. Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter, Avon Books, 335 p., 1st ed., 1998, ISBN 0380798549.
  • Vachon, Christine. A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond, Simon & Schuster, 279 p., 1st ed., 2006, ISBN 0743256301.


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