The Top 13 Power Lesbians in Entertainment in 2007


7. Christine Vachon — Producer

In 1994, producer Christine Vachon — already known as one of the key producers in New Queer Cinema for her films Swoon (1992) and Poison (1991) — took a chance on a little lesbian film, Go Fish. That film made Vachon a legend to lesbian film fans, and since then she has gone on to produce a treasure trove of critically acclaimed films that often have a queer edge, including Velvet Goldmine (1998), Boys Don’t Cry (1999), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) and most recently, Infamous (2006).

Vachon, now 44, co-founded Killer Films in 1995, and she has written two books about her career in independent filmmaking: Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts Through the Barriers to Make Movies That Matter (1998) and A Killer Life: How an Independent Film Producer Survives Deals and Disasters in Hollywood and Beyond (2006). She is currently working on a number of projects, including a Bob Dylan biopic starring Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and Richard Gere as various aspects of the legendary musician.

Though Vachon’s projects may include lesbian and gay characters or themes, she insists that she is not driven to make films only about those issues. "This industry has always been driven by people going to see what they want to see, either because it strikes a chord or because it’s something they haven’t seen before," she told last November. "And that is always the way it’s going to be."

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