DPYX Announces Debra Hill Documentary!

One of the most influential women in horror of all time, Debra Hill would have been 64 years old this year.  As a perfect way to pay honor and respects, the filmmaking team DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) have announced that they will write, direct, and produce THE DEBRA HILL DOCUMENTARY.  Lotti Pharris Knowles of Weirdsmobile Productions will serve as executive producer.  This will be the first film about Debra Hill, and by telling her story, the filmmakers hope to preserve an important piece of the empowering history of women in Hollywood.  Debra Hill began her career as a script supervisor in the 1970s, including on John Carpenter’s ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. She teamed with Carpenter on his next feature, HALLOWEEN, as his co-writer and producer. After the extraordinary success of that film, Hill became a key player in a wave of trailblazing women who broke barriers in the male-dominated film industry. She produced notable genre films such as THE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE DEAD ZONE and HALLOWEEN I, II & III; comedies with cult followings such as CLUE, ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING and BIG TOP PEE-WEE; and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning film THE FISHER KING. Hill was a mentor to many current film industry heavyweights, and her untimely death in 2005 at age 54 was a great loss to those who knew and loved her, and to Hollywood as a whole.

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FROM THE PRESS RELEASE:

Said Dpyx’s Marcy Boyle: “Debra Hill is a hero of ours. Not only did she break in to the industry on her own, through intelligence, talent and tenacity, but she produced so many films that have become part of popular culture.”

“We want to highlight and celebrate Hill’s achievements, so the next generation of filmmakers can be inspired to move forward on the path blazed by women like her — and so the industry can be reminded that women have been instrumental in some of the greatest success stories in the film business. Debra Hill’s films have generated over a billion dollars in box office receipts,” Dpyx’s Rachel Holzman noted.

From Hill’s friend and former producing partner Lynda Obst: “I am overwhelmed with emotion about the documentary being made on the life and work of Debra Hill by Dpyx (Marcy Boyle & Rachel Holzman) and executive producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles. I was lucky enough to have been her partner in Hill/Obst productions, where we joyously made movies from Adventures in Babysitting (our first), to The Fisher King (our last) — and she taught me everything she knew. Debra was the consummate producer, and this film will show generations of women and men what the right stuff truly is, as I saw it and lived it firsthand.”

“Debra Hill was the godmother of indie filmmaking. She taught me that there was no above or below the line, that we were all one crew trying to make our days and make something great,” said Stacey Sher said of her producing mentor.

John Carpenter recalls, “Debra Hill was a trailblazer, a tough as nails female producer in a man’s world.”

Principal photography will begin January 2015. For updates and information on how to donate:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DebraHillDoc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/debrahilldoc

 

 

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