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Miami Cinemas Offer Retrospective of Christine Vachon's Films

If you’ve seen a solid amount of independent films in the last two decades, chances are you’ve seen at least one of the films produced by Killer Films. The company, which has brought us everything from Larry Clark’s Kids to Todd Haynes’ latest Carol, was co-founded by producer Christine Vachon, who is coming to Miami this February in accompaniment with a mountain of movies.

Both Bill Cosford Cinema and Miami Beach Cinematheque are teaming up for the sake of presenting a multitude of the films she has produced over the last 30 years, 20 of which have been spent with Killer Films.

“Christine Vachon really disproves the stereotype of the movie producer only concerned with budgets and box office. It is staggering to think of the films she has brought to life and the artists she has brought to the forefront,” says Trae DeLellis, who runs Cosford. “I can’t really think of any figure in the American Independent film scene as significant as Vachon. The longevity of Killer Films is astounding, but even more so is its decades-long dedication to storytelling, championing the outsiders, and independent voices.”

The screenings begin in January at the Cosford Cinema, with a grand total of ten features being shown on both 35mm and 2K digital projection. Kicking off on Saturday, January 9, at 8 p.m. is a Still Alice, the role which Julianne Moore won her Oscar for, followed by historical drama The Grey Zone on 35mm, Sunday, January 10, at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, January 16, at 7 p.m., comes Boys Don’t Cry on 35mm, the film that won Hilary Swank her first Oscar. That same weekend on Sunday, January 17, at 6 p.m., is Kill Your Darlings on 35mm, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan. The following weekend brings only one screening on Saturday, January 25, at 7 p.m.: Robert Altman’s ballet film, The Company, on 35mm.

One Hour Photo, on 35mm, will be playing Saturday, January 30, at 7 p.m., with Savage Grace on 35mm hitting the theater on Sunday, January 31, at 6 p.m..

The final weekend before Carol premieres at the cinema (on February 12) includes The Notorious Bettie Page on Saturday, February 6, at 7 p.m., and closes with Far From Heaven on 35mm on Sunday, February 7, at 6 p.m.

With all that going on at Cosford, it almost seems like there’s no room for more, but the Miami Beach Cinematheque adds to the party with a retrospective of most of Todd Haynes’s directorial work, all of which was produced by Vachon.

Dana Keith, who runs the Cinematheque, says, “The team of director Todd Haynes and producer Christine Vachon has made some of the best American films of our time, from wacky experimental shorts to gorgeous masterful features. We can't wait to screen most of them in February and to discuss them with Christine at Speaking in Cinema on February 11.

“She gets two retrospectives — not just one at MBC, but also one at Cosford. We concentrate on the Haynes/Vachon films and Cosford is expanding to show even more of her Killer films. Lucky Miami!”

And Vachon’s Speaking in Cinema event, which takes place on Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m., will feature her in conversation with both Trae DeLellis and visiting film critic David Ehrlich, staff writer for Rolling Stone and fervent champion of Haynes’ Carol.

As for the retrospective at the Cinematheque, titled "Alternate Heavens," there will be three nights of screenings, featuring a bundle of great films by Haynes and Vachon (which may just include some secrets that we can’t mention here). The first, on Thursday, February 4, at 8:30 p.m., is Haynes’ first feature Poison, introduced by Humanizing the Vacuum film critic Alfred Soto.

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Following the Speaking in Cinema event comes Julianne Moore starring in Safe on Thursday, February 18, at 8:30 p.m. It will be introduced by Miami Jewish Film Festival director Igor Shteyrenberg. And the last of the bunch, introduced by this very author of the New Times, is both the short Dottie Got Spanked and the feature film Velvet Goldmine. The set of films show on Thursday, February 25, at 8:30 p.m. 

Christine Vachon: 30 Years of Making Killer Films
Running from Saturday, January 9, to Friday, February 12, at Bill Cosford Cinema, 5030 Brunson Dr., Coral Gables. Visit cosfordcinema.com

Christina Vachon Speaking in Cinema
Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m., at Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Visit mbcinema.com.

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