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In honor of what would have been the 64th birthday of pioneering film producer Debra Hill, upcoming production of THE DEBRA HILL DOCUMENTARY is gearing up. Filmmaking team DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) will write, direct and produce THE DEBRA HILL DOCUMENTARY, a feature documentary about the late, legendary filmmaker. Lotti Pharriss Knowles of Weirdsmobile Productions will executive produce. 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.
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.”
Debra Hill was born November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She 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
Principal photography will begin for THE DEBRA HILL DOCUMENTARY in January 2015.