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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, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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