EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood Trailblazer: The Debra Hill Story, a feature documentary about Debra Hill, the late producer and co-writer of classic movies such as Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980), has moved into production with Causeway Pictures.
Directed by Irish filmmakers Jim McMorrow and Margaret McGoldrick, producers are Margaret McGoldrick and Chris Patterson of Causeway Pictures. Executive Producers are Jamie Lee Curtis, Mike Chapman on behalf of Blue Finch Films, and Kerry Deignan Roy (William Shatner: You Can Call Me Bill). The doc was developed with Northern Ireland Screen and Blue Finch Film Releasing, who are handling world sales.
Hill, who died in 2005, is best known as the prolific filmmaker behind titles such as Halloween (1978) and The Fog (1980), both of which she co-wrote with John Carpenter, as well as many more titles, including Clue, Adventures In Babysitting, The Dead Zone, The Fisher King and World Trade Centre. Hill was recently honored by the Producers Guild of America with the presentation of the 2023 Debra Hill Fellowship Award. The award was established in 2005 to honor her legacy and has since provided an annual grant award to a graduating producer of that year.
Hollywood Trailblazer filmmakers said the doc aims to shine a light on the prolific filmmaker, often dubbed “the godmother of indie filmmaking,” who was responsible for giving many in Hollywood today their first break. Featured interviews include Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, Stacey Sher, David Gordon Green, Terry Gilliam, Lynda Obst, Kim Gottlieb-Walker, Andrea Berloff, Alan Jones, Kim Newman, and more, with the team also working with Debra’s brother, Bob Hill.
“The story of Debra Hill is a multi-faceted one. She was, and still is, an inspiration to filmmakers across the globe, and her legacy as a formidable, creative producer, mentor, trailblazer, and pioneer in cinema and environmental activism is an eternally relevant story,” McMorrow said. It is a privilege to bring this to the screen for all of us that she shaped through her life and work.”
McGoldrick added: “Jim and I have been blown away by the response to telling Debra’s story. Debra was an incredible filmmaker and storyteller who not only excelled at her job but did it with the love and respect of everyone around her. Her passion was infectious and when women weren’t getting the chance to lead the charge, Debra was paving paths. She’s an incredibly inspirational figure for anyone wanting to forge a career in the film industry and I’m very honored to be a part of the team getting to tell her story.”