A year and a half ago I booked a multi-stop ticket, packed up my bag, poured a ton of money into purchasing film equipments and hit the road. The next seven months saw me travel to Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, filming off-the-cuff short documentaries that centred around the hopes and struggles of people around the world.
The 3-part project, produced in partnership with UN’s International Organization for Migration and Mad Amendments, took me across 16 different cities and 4 different continents.
Everything from researching to scheduling, booking, filming and finally, editing, was handled between my directing partner…
A few months ago, slowly emerging from the doldrums of the never-ending winter months of Toronto, and running low on inspiration, I decided to look for books by inspiring independent producers. The hope was to jolt my creative self back into gear and find my voice as an independent film producer through the reading of inspirational anecdotes.
Enter, Christine Vachon.
Vachon has produced many acclaimed American independent films, including Far From Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards), Boys Don’t Cry (with an Academy Award winner), Happiness, Kids (Palme D’Or), Carol, Still Alice, among others.
A maverick producer, Vachon “has remained…