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Photo by Donnacha Kenny"Congratulations, Tom; you're one of the lucky eight per cent!" —Stir of Echoes (1999)Joliet, Illinois is probably the American city which more people have dreamed more fervently of escaping than any other. But after spending four hours in 'Prison Town'—long synonymous far and wide with incarceration—I was sad to leave; I'll be glad one day to return. Fortunately, such matters are questions of personal choice. Many of the area's residents, including those not serving custodial sentences, have little realistic option but to remain—trapped by personal, social and/or economic circumstances that can feel as confining as any 6-by-8 cell. "Joliet, or "J-Town", is racially diverse and is known as a crime-ridden city, although the area has shown much improvement since the 1990's... The east side is generally known as the ghetto side and the west side is known as middle class, even though »
- Neil Young
Saturday marks Killer Films co-founder Christine Vachon’s 10th Film Independent Spirit Award nomination (for producing Todd Haynes’ lesbian drama, “Carol,” with Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley). It could also bring a second best feature award after her 2003 Spirits win with Jody Allen for another gay-themed Haynes film, “Far From Heaven.”
But whether or not the openly gay producer wins, this weekend will cap a season that’s brought her an AFI Award for “Carol” and a special honor at the Berlinale’s Teddy Awards recognizing her decades of support for Lgbt films and filmmakers.
After getting her start with the 1985 short “Tommy’s” (starring Steve Buscemi), Vachon’s first two features were driven by gay directors and subject matter: Todd Haynes’ 1991 “Poison,” which scored a one-two punch with Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and a Berlinale Teddy; and Tom Kalin’s 1992 “Swoon,” which also nabbed awards in Park City and Berlin. »
- Gregg Goldstein
Producer Christine Vachon, who will receive the Special Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival’s queer awards ceremony on Friday, discussed her long career at this year’s Queer Academy Summit on Wednesday, including her work with Todd Haynes, Lgbt cinema and the challenges of financing female-driven films.
The annual Queer Academy gathering brings together international filmmakers and festival organizers during the Berlin Film Festival to discuss Lgbt cinema, a major topic at this year’s fest in light of the Teddy’s 30th anniversary.
Vachon was in Berlin in 1991 with Haynes’ first feature, “Poison,” which won that year’s Teddy Award. Asked whether she missed the more chaotic, less institutionalized nature of the queer award 25 years ago, Vachon responded: “I’m not much for nostalgia. I don’t really like to look backwards. What I think is pretty amazing is that 30 years ago the Teddy existed. When we got to Berlin with ‘Poison, »
- Ed Meza
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