Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Not often we have the opportunity to hear two women producers talk about the industry much less about the role of women in the industry. Last Monday two women talked about overcoming obstacles, encouraging younger women and how Carol by Todd Haynes came about.
Carol producers, Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen respond questions from Alison Brower, deputy editorial director of THR. Here are some highlights from the article in THR, that if you wish to read in full go here.
Vachon: “We face those same challenges of being taken seriously, trying to be tough, but not a bitch,” ... "I’m so used to being patronized, it doesn’t bother me"
The London-based Karlsen and New York City-based Vachon became friends back in the mid-‘80s when they both found themselves working in entry-level jogs on Bill Sherwood’s Parting Glances, an early AIDS drama. They first collaborated on the 2005 HBO movie Mrs. Harris, in which Annette Bening played Jean Harris, who fatally shot her lover Herman Tarnower, known as the Scasdale Diet Doctor. It was during that shoot that the project’s writer/director Phyllis Nagy first told Karlsen that she was interested in writing a screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 lesbian novel The Taste of Salt.
The video of the full talk.