Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Veteran Producer Sandy King Here to Chew Bubblegum and Kick Ass Today at Columbia State

Posted By on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In the interest of full disclosure, this tip comes from Read Ridley, my brother, who runs the film crew technology program at Columbia State Community College in Franklin. (At least one of us amounted to something.) His guest this afternoon, for a discussion that's free and open to the public, is veteran film producer Sandy King of Storm King Productions.

King is perhaps best known for producing her husband John Carpenter's movies for more than two decades — an association that dates back to her work as a script supervisor on 1984's Oscar-nominated Starman (shot in Middle Tennessee). Her credits as producer or associate producer include They Live (a particular Country Life favorite), In the Mouth of Madness and Vampire$. But we hear she's got great stories about her early days working with the likes of Michael Mann (Thief), Walter Hill (The Long Riders) and Francis Ford Coppola (The Outsiders and another CL favorite, Rumble Fish). Her very first gig, in fact, was John Cassavetes' amazing The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, in which she even appears on screen.

King speaks 3:30 p.m. today at Columbia State's Franklin campus, 104 Claude Yates Dr. Now where'd we put that DVD copy of Big Trouble in Little China ...

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