Jon Kilik is a UVM alum who’s gone on to produce a number of films that you might have heard of: Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Miracle at St. Anna, Babel, and others. Seven Days has sat down with him for a short interview before a presentation he gave yesterday for his latest film, Foxcatcher:
SEVEN DAYS: You have two seemingly very different films in theaters right now. What do they have in common, and how do they reflect the evolution of your career?
JON KILIK: I guess to most people, Foxcatcher and The Hunger Games are as different as night and day. To me they are both night and share a common thread that runs through every film I’ve chosen to make.
I’ve been working on the same movie for the last 25 years. They all examine citizens of a country divided by class and race and power and greed. [The] disenfranchised living in isolation on the edge of society and the entitled living in isolation from within. The haves and the have nots. Katniss Everdeen and President Snow. Mark Schultz and John du Pont. In each case they inhabit worlds so different from one another that perhaps they should never meet. But they do.
Foxcatcher and The Hunger Games are my two sibling tragedies. Brother protecting brother. Sister protecting sister. Not wanting the dangers that find them. Thrown into an “arena” with little chance to survive, they become fierce warriors and reluctant heroes.
Read the entire interview here.