Dan Simeone: What inspired you to be a producer?
Christine Vachon: I was inspired after having worked in many departments of production, and decided that producer was right for me.
DS: You work on a bunch of films each year. How do you choose what you'll work on and manage all that time?
CV: I decided what to work on based on if I could get financing for it and above the line actors, and director’s schedules. And I manage it, just like anyone in any other business, by calling people, taking meetings, etc.
DS: How did working on the set of Kill Your Darlings compare to other films?
CV: Working on the set of Kill Your Darlings was not different from others. Period pieces have their challenges, ambitious directors and not enough money.
DS: Why are you telling a beatnik story now? Were you inspired by other recent efforts like Howl, Big Sur, and On the Road? Why do you think the beats are such a hot topic right now in independent cinema?
CV: Beatniks have a timeliness to them. It’s like a pendulum, sometimes it’s up more than other times. Due Walter Salles’ unsuccessful film [On the Road, a recent adaptation of the beat classic novel of the same name starring Sam Riley, Garret Hedlun and Kristin Stewart], we had to make ours stand out and be different.