2016 Sundance Trading Card Series: #5. Craig Shilowich (Christine)


Craig Shilowich (Christine)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2015 discoveries”.
Craig Shilowich: That new Carly Rae Jepsen album (Emotion), Florida. Woolite (the product).

Lavallee: You’ve worn the producer hat since 2008’s Frozen River — and this is your first foray into screenwriting. What facet of Christine Chubbuck’s story convinced you that this should be made into a feature film?
Shilowich: I saw a lot myself in her.

Lavallee: Seeing that it was used for John Carpenter’s classic 1983 film, how did you folks settle on the title?
Shilowich: It was the only title that ever made any sense. For all of the themes the movie engages with, in the end it’s a movie about a woman. A woman named Christine. It never bothered me that John Carpenter had already used the title. If anything, I liked the echo it represents. Both are movies about people undone by obsession. Both are tonal blends of funny and scary. Both movies have strange internal logics guiding their actions, a cheery blankness that thinly masks a seething menace underneath. I’d love to see a double screening of the two!



Craig Shilowich Christine

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)

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