Premio Maguey, as part of the 34th Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), recognizes American producer Christine Vachon with its Premio Maguey Achievement.


With this award we highlight the legacy and work of a person who, through art, has managed to communicate a message of openness, and whose film work has been a stalwart of the LGBTQ community and Queer culture.

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

She co-founded, with Pamela Koffler, the independent film and television production company Killer Films in 1995. Killer’s Oscar-winning films have included Kimberly Peirce’s Boys Don’t Cry (1999) and Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice (2014). Her Oscar-nominated films have included Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven (2002), I’m Not There (2007) and Carol (2015).

In her capacity as Producer, Christine Vachon has been nominated to eleven Spirits, most recently for First Reformed (2018), and won it in 2003 for Far from Heaven (2002).

Other Killer movies produced by Vachon include Mr. Haynes’ Safe (1995), Velvet Goldmine (1998) and Wonderstruck (2017); Todd Solondz’s Happiness (1998), Storytelling (2001) and Wiener-Dog (2016); Nigel Finch’s Stonewall (1995); Rose Troche’s The Safety of Objects (2001); Todd Graff’s Camp (2003); Mary Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page (2005); Tommy O’Haver’s An American Crime (2007); Jordan Scott’s Cracks (2009); Andrew Neel’s Goat (2016); Elizabeth Wood’s White Girl (2016); Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner (2017); Andrew Dosunmu’s Where is Kyra (2017); and Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux (2018).

She has also dabbled in television and has two Producers Guild nominations for the miniseries Mrs. Harris (2005) and Mildred Pierce (2011).

Christine Vachon is the Director of the Master of Fine Arts program at Stony Brook University.

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