Who We Are

 
  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 decade and a half, the two have produced 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, CAMP, SWOON and I’M NOT THERE (Academy Award nominated). In television, Vachon recently executive-produced the Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries MILDRED PIERCE for HBO and Z an upcoming series on Amazon based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Other recent work includes: KILL YOUR DARLINGS, GOAT, and WEINER DOG. Additionally, Christine has just wrapped filming on WONDERSTRUCK directed by Todd Haynes from the bestselling book by Brian Selznick. Vachon is also the director of the MFA program at Stony Brook University.

CHRISTINE VACHON

Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer. She has been lauded for her career filmmaking with the Producer Award from the Gotham Independent Film Awards.

She co-founded, with Pamela Koffler, the impactful independent film and television production company Killer Films in 1995. Killer's Oscar-winning films have included Kimberly Peirrce's Boys Don't Cry and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's Still Alice. Its Oscar-nominated films have included Todd Haynes' Carol, I'm Not There, and Far From Heaven. The latter swept the Independent Spirit Awards, winning five including Best Actress (Julianne Moore), Best Director, and Best Feature. In her capacity as director, Ms. Vachon has again been nominated in the Spirits' Best Feature category, most recently for Carol; the film also brought her a BAFTA Award nomination, among other honors.

Ms. Vachon's dozens of other Killer movies have included Mr. Haynes' Safe, Velvet Goldmine, and Wonderstruck; Todd Solondz's Wiener-Dog, Storytelling, and Happiness; Miguel Arteta's Beatriz and Dinner, starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow; Nigel Finch's Stonewall; Rose Troche's The Safety of Objects, which marked the breakout role for Kristen Stewart; Todd Graff's Camp, which marked the breakthrough role for Anna Kendrick; Mary Harron's The Notorious Bettie Page, starring Gretchen Mol; Tommy O'Haver's An American Crime, starring Catherine Keener and Ellen Page; Jordan Scott's Cracks, with Juno Temple and Maria Valverde; Andrew Neel's Goat; Elizabeth Wood's White Girl, starring Morgan Saylor; Andrew Dosunmu's Where Is Kyra?, starring Michelle Pfeiffer; Paul Schrader's First Reformed; and upcoming, Brady Corbet's Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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

 
 
 
  LYNETTE HOWELL TAYLOR   UK born Lynette Howell Taylor is a filmmaker-driven independent producer who has produced feature films, documentaries, television, digital content and theatre for the past 15 years. Lynette also co-founded the independent production company Electric City Entertainment alongside Jamie Patricof.  In October 2016, Warner Bros. will release her latest film The Accountant, directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and JK Simmons among others. In July 2016, Bleecker Street Media released her film Captain Fantastic, written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen. Lynette is currently producing Unicorn Store to be directed by Brie Larson, who will also star, as well as the HBO miniseries American Lion based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of President Andrew Jackson and starring Sean Penn.  Lynette recently produced Tim Burton’s Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, which The Weinstein Company released over Christmas 2014 to much award attention. Both stars were nominated for Golden Globes and Amy Adams won for Best Actress. Also in 2014, Lynette produced Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s Mississippi Grind, starring Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn and Sienna Miller. Previously, Lynette produced Fleck and Boden's Half Nelson, starring Ryan Gosling in a performance that garnered him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.  Lynette also produced Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. This is her second collaboration with Cianfrance, the first being Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in performances that garnered Golden Globe nominations for both actors and an Oscar nomination for Michelle Williams. Lynette’s other films include: Alex of Venice, Terri, On the Ice, Stephanie Daley, 28 Hotel Rooms, Kristy, The Passage, Phoebe in Wonderland, The Greatest, An Invisible Sign of My Own, Shark Night 3D, Levitated Mass, The Space Between, and multiple episodes of the award-winning ESPN 30 for 30 docu-series.

LYNETTE HOWELL TAYLOR

UK born Lynette Howell Taylor is the founder of 51 Entertainment, a platform agnostic filmmaker-driven production company.

Lynette is currently in production on WANDER DARKLY written and directed by Tara Miele starring Sienna Miller and Diego Luna. Most recently Lynette produced Bradley Cooper's directorial debut A STAR IS BORN in which he stars opposite Lady Gaga. The film just premiered at Venice and TIFF and comes out in theatres on October 5th.

Lynette produced CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, written and directed by Matt Ross and starring Academy Award-nominee Viggo Mortensen. The film won multiple awards around the world including the Best Director prize in CANNES UN CERTAIN REGARD. Lynette is also producing Ross' film adaptation of Tom Sweterlitsch’s TOMORROW AND TOMORROW with Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady for TriStar and she previously produced Matt Ross' 28 HOTEL ROOMS, which premiered in Sundance and was released theatrically in 2012.

Last year, Lynette produced Brie Larson’s directorial debut UNICORN STORE. Lynette also produced the Warner Bros movie THE ACCOUNTANT, directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Academy Award-winners Ben Affleck and JK Simmons.   Some of Lynette's movies include the award-winning BIG EYES directed by Tim Burton, Ryan Fleck's Oscar nominated HALF NELSON, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES and Oscar nominated BLUE VALENTINE, both directed by Derek Cianfrance, ALEX OF VENICE, TERRI, ON THE ICE, STEPHANIE DALEY, KRISTY, THE PASSAGE, PHOEBE IN WONDERLAND, THE GREATEST, AN INVISIBLE SIGN, SHARK NIGHT 3D, LEVITATED MASS, THE SPACE BETWEEN, and multiple episodes of the award-winning ESPN 30 FOR 30 docu-series. 

 
 
 
  CASSIAN ELWES     Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema.  Elwes began his producing career with 1983's "Oxford Blues" starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including "Men At Work," with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and "The Chase" with Sheen.  In 1995, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as "Slingblade" and "The Apostle,” both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. "Monster's Ball" was their follow up, which won the “Best Actress” Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so.  Elwes is considered an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.  Since leaving William Morris Independent 6 years ago, Elwes has been involved in arranging financing and distribution for 30 films including “Lawless,” directed by John Hillcoat, and starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. The thriller “The Paperboy,” directed by Lee Daniels, starring Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman, and “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck and Ben Foster, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature.”  Elwes produced the hit period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced “All Is Lost” directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit “Dallas Buyers Club” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.

CASSIAN ELWES

Elwes began his producing career with 1983's "Oxford Blues" starring Rob Lowe and Ally Sheedy and quickly went on to make another 29 films, including "Men At Work," with Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, and "The Chase" with Sheen.

In 1994, Elwes joined William Morris and headed William Morris Independent for 15 years. He financed such indie hits as "Slingblade" and "The Apostle,” both of which were nominated for multiple Oscars. "Monster's Ball" was their follow up, which won the “Best Actress” Oscar for Halle Berry, the first African American woman to do so.

Wikipedia calls Cassian Elwes one of the most important figures in independent cinema and an expert in the field of arranging financing and distribution for independent films, having done so for 283 films during his tenure at William Morris Independent.

Since leaving William Morris Independent 5 years ago, Elwes has either produced or executive produced 40 films including John Hillcoat’s “Lawless,” Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” and David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”, which was nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature.”

Recently, Elwes produced the hit period drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which featured an all-star cast headed by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He also executive produced J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost” starring Robert Redford and executive produced and arranged financing for the Oscar winning hit “Dallas Buyers Club” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.

Elwes executive produced the Kevin Costner release “Black and White”, directed by Mike Binder, and has produced both Werner Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” and Eli Roth’s “Knock Knock”. His most current release was “Elvis & Nixon” starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. Cassian is in post on the 1980’s Los Angeles-set thriller “The Billionaire Boy’s Club”, starring Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, and Kevin Spacey. 

Elwes most recently finished “Mudbound”, which was directed by Dee Rees, starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige and Garrett Hedlund and premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Elwes has just completed filming his second feature with director Dee Rees, The Last Thing He Wanted starring Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck, and Willem Dafoe and his feature Jeremiah Terminator Leroy, starring Kristen Stewart, Diane Kruger, and Laura Dern which was screened at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and will open in late 2018.

 
 

Advisory Team

 
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ALISON EMILIO

Horizon Award Producer/Advisory Board

Alison Emilio is the Director of ReFrame, a joint initiative of Sundance Institute and Women in Film Los Angeles. ReFrame is a growing coalition of industry leaders and 50+ Ambassadors -- producers, directors, agents, studio executives -- to bring about measurable progress in achieving gender equity and advancing female filmmakers in film, TV, and media.

Prior to ReFrame, Alison served as Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships for CreativeFuture. Her feature film work includes Lorimar Filmed Entertainment and New Line Cinema (NY and LA) as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications, responsible for the marketing, publicity, and promotional campaigns for more than 25 films, as well as corporate and financial communications. She established the U.S. office of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, generating over $150 million revenue.

Emilio's producing credits include Handmade Films' Dinner at Fred's, starring Parker Posey, Gil Bellows, and Christopher Lloyd; Drowning on Dry Land, starring Barbara Hershey and Naveen Andrews; and Someone Is Watching, starring Stephanie Powers, for Lifetime.

 

MICHELLE SATTER

Michelle Satter is the founding director of the Sundance Institute's Feature Film Program, which was the inaugural program of the Institute. As the Feature Film Program director, she has provided year-round and in-depth support to groundbreaking and award-winning filmmakers from the U.S. and around the world. She also spearheaded the Institute's international work in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East as well as the Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award celebrating 100 years of cinematic history.

In 1989, Satter coproduced the Academy Award-nominated documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriters Journey. She is currently one of the producers on the film adaptation of Isabel Allende's International bestseller Eva Luna. Prior to the Sundance Institute, Satter lived in Boston and was the director of public relations/marketing at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and a partner and program director of ArtiCulture, Inc., where she produced hundreds of performing arts events throughout the Boston area. She has served on the Boards of the Independent Feature Project, MAISHA, and Equinoxe. Most recently, Satter was recognized with the Women in Film Business Leadership Award and the ACLU Bill of Rights Award.