Welcome from Program Director Killer Films' Christine Vachon

Advanced Training in Digital Filmmaking

How to get it made, make it right, get it seen, and live to tell about it -- and how to survive to do it all over again.

April 2014

vachon I was honored that the Stony Brook Film Festival chose me as the recipient of their Career Achievement Award. It’s amazing to get an award like this when we’ve just launched this incredible new film program, and when it feels like Killer’s fortunes and Stony Brook’s fortunes are really going to be tied together for, I hope, a long time.

It’s true: Killer Films and Southampton Arts are forging a new approach to academic instruction in filmmaking. Focusing on the practical advice and lessons our indie production company has compiled from 25 years in the indie film business, with more than 75 films under our belts and six films produced in 2012 alone, we're offering a new take on instruction in film, at State University of New York prices – and at two prime locations, Stony Brook Southampton and Stony Brook Manhattan.

As we set out to devise this new program, our aim quickly became singular: to match the reality of the film business today. Revolutionary change in technology has made filmmaking accessible. Students are coming to film programs with greater literacy in visual storytelling than ever before. At Southampton Arts, we have the luxury of starting at ground zero to envision a new of model for instruction that embraces new platforms for distribution. The approach is a juxtaposition of the big picture and an embrace of the film business, as it exists today, as well as hands-on and experiential, with the emphasis on the production of new work for writers/directors and producers.