Meet Chris Spicer, Class of 1993
Chris Spicer (left), graduated from Villa in 1993 and went on to receive his B.B.A. and B.A. from UW, and then his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He now lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and dog where he is a film-finance lawyer at the Akin Gump firm. Chris has helped provide financing for shows like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, as well as for movies like The Hunger Games and Ender's Game.
Meet Nick Spicer, Class of 1996
Nick Spicer (right), graduated from Villa in 1996 and later majored in History and French at Rice University where he was a National Merit Scholar. He then received an MFA from the UCLA Producers Program in 2006. Nick also lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he is a partner at XYZ Films which he helped start in 2008. XYZ Films has produced films like The Raid I & II, Tusk, The Invitation, and most recently, The Oath.
VILLA: What did you love about Villa?
CHRIS & NICK: You really got to know people. The experience was designed for students of all ages to feel at home and comfortable learning. The teachers challenged us to take risks and to think independently. It wasn’t just about learning a curriculum, but about nurturing curiosity and fostering a love of learning.
VILLA: What do you love about what you do now?
CHRIS & NICK: We work in a creative industry, and sit at the intersection of art and business. We’re fortunate in that the success of our projects, clients, and deals are not measured solely in financial terms, but in how effectively a movie transports the audience emotionally. We both work with international clients and films which consistently exposes us to new people and cultures.