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‘Past Lives’ Earns Killer Films Best Feature at Independent Spirit Awards

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From left: David Hinojosa, Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon at the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Photo by Gilbert Flores for Variety.

Killer Films had a huge night at the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 25, where the producers of Past Lives won the coveted Best Feature, and Celine Song won Best Director. Samy Burch also won Best First Screenplay for May December. Both films tied each other for most nominations at the ceremony, along with competitor American Fiction.

“I’m going to all the award ceremonies,” said Stony Brook University MFA in Film & TV Writing Artistic Director Christine Vachon, one of the film’s producers along with Killer Films’ founding partner Pamela Koffler and 2AM Productions’ David Hinojosa. “Why not celebrate?”

Killer Films was also nominated for its first Best Picture Oscar last month, Celine Song won the Directors Guild of America award for Best First Time Director, A Different Man debuted at Sundance last month, Aaron Schimberg won the Director to Watch prize at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and Sebastian Stan won Best Leading Performance at the Berlinale.

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From left: Christine Vachon, Celine Song, Pamela Koffler and David Hinojosa celebrate winning their 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards for ‘Past Lives.’

IndieWire’s recent feature article, “Past Lives’ Producer Christine Vachon Tells Us How She Built an Indie Film Empire,” opens with a shout out to Christine’s ubiquity: “Christine Vachon doesn’t mess around. She is a film professor, a best-selling film book author, a wife, a mother of a college kid, and most of all, a producer of independent films.”

“We are lucky to have Christine in our mix,” said Stony Brook’s Executive Director of Programs in Film & TV Writing, Magdalene Brandeis. “We’ve built amazing MFA programs with her and Killer Films.”

Vachon will be speaking via Zoom at the MFA programs’ information session on March 27. Email mfamanhattan@stonybrook.edu to get more information and to RSVP.

 

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