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Kevin K Shah on "Making A Contemporary American Art Film"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 27, 2011 12:30 PM
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We make films to have a dialogue with our audience & communities. Our viewers, and how we connect with them, is such a bit part of the equation, that we spend a TREMENDOUS amount of time discussing the business: how do we discover films? how do we aggregate audiences? how do we achieve a sustainable career? And so on and so on and so on.The answer always remains the question of "How do we make better films?". I am a big believer that all filmmakers need to know what they love (and how to strive to achieve it). I am also a believer that audiences benefit from the same knowledge. I know we don't discuss this enough. It's personal. It is difficult to articulate. But we must make the effort. It's worth it. We can build it better together. Thankfully Kevin Shah has stepped forward; someone always needs to get on the dance floor first!

LITTLE ROCK Is That Rare Indie That Consistently Defies Expectations

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 12, 2011 3:00 AM
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Truly Free Indie Film lovers get a rare treat this weekend; that is IF they are in NYC. I got to screen MIke Ott's LITTLE ROCK for my HopeForFilm series at Goldcrest earlier this year, and am pleased to see that it opens today at Cinema Village. Mike will be there in person on Friday and Saturday. Don't let his modesty mislead you: this kind of thing is not easy to achieve -- as natural as he makes it look.

Guest Post: Kit Carson "Jan Harlan -- Stanley Kubrick's Producer"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 19, 2011 3:00 AM
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L.M. Kit Carson, the legend, the man, returns to discuss his recent encounter with greatness, Jan Harlan, Mr. Kubrick's producer.Read L.M. Kit Carson's last guest post for us on David Holzman's Diary Here.

Super UK Poster

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 8, 2011 5:30 AM
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SUPER opens in 10 theaters today in UK. We are out on DVD come August 1. Please don't wait for that, run to see it on the big screen NOW. Thanks!

Super Japanese Poster

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 7, 2011 5:30 AM
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Go See Azazel Jacobs' "Terri" -- Opening Today

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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I have a film series in NYC. Courtesy of Nick Quested and Goldcrest, about once a month, I show a film I feel people need to support. I send emails to about 700 people to fill the 60 seat theater. It's free, although now I ask regulars to buy wine for the afterwards schmooze. The filmmakers have to be present and after the screening I do a Q&A with them. To keep it homey, I write a letter emphasizing why I want them to see it. We screened Azazel's film earlier this month, and this is that letter I sent. You should check it out this weekend. It opens today. Vote with your dollars for the kind of films you want.

Guest Post: Bob Persons "Herzog Astrology"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 21, 2011 3:00 AM
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There are a lot of barriers to entry in the film business. Gender,race, and class get a lot of attention (but still not enough to facilitate significant change... yet). For many reasons, indie film is also looked at as the domain of youth. We hear all kinds of stories of Sundance whiz kids bursting on the scene. But what about those of later years, who have lived some serious chunks of life before stepping behind the camera? Can something be done to encourage more work from an older sector? What would that yield?

Guest Post: Chuck Wendig "25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 10, 2011 11:17 AM
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A couple of weekends back I was checking out Chuck Wendig's blog terrible minds. I was blown away -- and I know Chuck already. He's the co-writer on Lance Weiler's "H.i.M. (Hope is Missing)" that I am producing. That said, the humor, wisdom, and outright generosity of his posts were even more than I had anticipated.

Guest Post: Hank Blumenthal "Towards An Aesthetics Of Producing Indie Movies"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 31, 2011 3:00 AM
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What is a Producer's "Vision"? How does she keep it all together and manage to lead all the various pursuits to a common goal? Do different approaches assure different results? Does different content require a different process?

Guest Post: David Van Taylor "R.I.P. Ricky Leacock... Long Live 'FILM TRUTH'?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 14, 2011 3:00 AM
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What is it that a camera sees? Do we need to accept and conform to the dominant storytelling paradigms, or is there actually more that we can be striving for? Perhaps no life and work embodies these questions as well as Ricky Leacock. Filmmaker David Van Taylor guest posts today with an examination of him and these issues, and the difference between documentary and essay film. There is a lot that can be said about these subjects, certainly enough for a six hour documentary AND many blog posts.

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