Filmmaking Team DPYX Creating The Debra Hill Documentary
In their first feature film collaboration, the team of DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) joined with Nick Principe to bring us the exciting thriller Nobody Can Cool. Boyle and Holzman are organizing DPYX to now create The Debra Hill Documentary.
Debra Hill is the godmother of indie film, producing such greats as Halloween, The Fog, The Dead Zone, Escape from New York, and The Fisher King amongst others. DPYX is producing the documentary to celebrate her incredible career.
Principal photography, which will include some incredible interviews with movie makers like John Carpenter, Lynda Obst, and Stacey Sher, will begin in January 2015. For up-to-the-minute information on the project, “like” The Debra Hill Documentary on Facebook and follow The Debra Hill Documentary on Twitter (@debrahilldoc).
From the Press Release
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.
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.
Hill’s friend and former producing partner Lynda Obst said, “I am overwhelmed with emotion about the documentary being made on the life and work of Debra Hill by DPYX 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 first-hand.”
“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,” Stacey Sher said of her producing mentor.
And John Carpenter recalls, “Debra Hill was a trailblazer, a tough as nails female producer in a man’s world.”
About Debra Hill
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. 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.