Stony Brook Film Festival honors Christine Vachon with Career Achievement Award
The 18th annual event, which begins July 18, also features premiere of documentary TWA Flight 800
Southampton Arts faculty member and legendary independent film producer Christine Vachon will be honored with a Career Achievement Award at the 18th annual Stony Brook Film Festival, which begins July 18.
Ms. Vachon, founder of Killer Films, has produced more than 80 films in the past two decades including Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heaven, I Shot Andy
Warhol, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, I'm Not There and the Mildred Pierce miniseries for HBO. She will be honored on Friday, July 26, prior to the premiere of her latest drama, Deep Powder.
“My first reaction was, ‘Aren’t I too young to be getting this?’” Ms. Vachon said in a recent interview with Stony Brook University. “But I’m absolutely delighted to have received it and I can’t wait to be at the Festival.”
In her career, Ms. Vachon has received a New York Film Critics Circle Award, a National Board of Review Producers Award and an Emmy. She recently joined the Southampton Arts faculty to establish a cutting-edge film program, which begins this summer with 20/20/20, in which 20 scholarships are awarded to produce 20 short films in 20 days.
Ms. Vachon’s latest film, Deep Powder, is directed by Mo Ogrodnick and is based on true events surrounding a boarding school student who recruits a working-class local boy to accompany her on a drug run to Ecuador in the early 1980s. Ogrodnick and cast members Haley Bennett and Shiloh Fernandez are expected to attend the screening.
The festival also features the first public screening of the documentary TWA Flight 800 on Saturday, July 20. The intriguing documentary sheds new light on the 1996 TWA Flight 800 crash off the South Shore of Long Island, and the possibility of the National Traffic Safety Board re-opening the case after 17 years. The 3 p.m. screening will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmakers Kristina Borjesson and Tom Stalcup as well as NTSB investigators involved with the film.
The festival kicks off on July 18 with Zaytoun, directed by Eran Riklis and starring Stephen Dorff as an Israeli pilot shot down over Beirut and taken prisoner by inhabitants of a Palestinian refugee camp in 1982.
Other festival highlights include The Wait, starring Chloe Sevigny and Jena Malone (July 26), the documentaries Blackfish and Muscle Shoals (July 25) and the July 27 closing night showcase, Two Lives, starring Liv Ullman and directed by Georg Maas.
The films are screened one at a time each evening in the Staller Center’s 1,000-seat Main Stage Theatre, which has one of the largest screens in the region. The festival boasts an international slate of features, documentaries and short films by filmmakers from across the globe, including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Pakistan, Serbia-Croatia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.
The best way to experience the festival is by purchasing a festival pass for $80, which provides a guaranteed seat to every film of the 10-day festival. For an additional $20, you can purchase tickets to the opening night and closing night awards receptions, which will feature the filmmakers and actors who attend those screenings.
Tickets are available at the Staller Center box office beginning Monday, July 8, at the Staller Center website, or by calling (631) 632-ARTS. For more information about the festival, visit the website at www.stonybrookfilmfestival.com.
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