Hope for Film

How A Film Festival Can Truly Help The Indie Film Community

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 27, 2011 12:30 PM
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Film festivals must do more these days than just bring films to the public. The filmmakers need far more support than just that if they are going to be able to sustain a life of making ambitious and diverse work. Fortunately SOME festivals are doing something to help. The Lone Star International Film Festival is one, and so when they asked me to help, I agreed, as did some other truly brave thinkers in the field.

NYFA's Consulting Program for Filmmakers

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 25, 2011 8:30 AM
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Matthew Seig informs of a helpful new program for New York Filmmakers. Don't miss out on it!

Can A Couple Truly Collaborate Creatively (And Survive?)

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 6, 2011 12:30 PM
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Jealousy is great fodder for creation. Our hunger for love puts stress on us even once we have found it, earned it, and secured it. Love is both incredibly deep and incredibly delicate. It is strong and it is fragile. We can make movies about love until the end of time, and not even scratch the surface.Indie & Truly Free Film are both currently awash in collaborative filmmaking teams. Some are siblings, some are friends, and at least one of them is a couple: Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine. When I saw Sophia's GREEN, I was incredibly impressed and moved. Not only does Takal tackle the subject of jealousy straight on, she does it by also starring in it with her boyfriend/fiance; just to complicate things, their roommate, plays his lover. I understand creative challenges, but know I have a lot to learn when the creative challenges the personal. I asked Sophia and Lawrence to tell us a bit about how their collaboration came to be. Whether you aspire to work with your significant other, or just collaborate well with your team, the back and forth and growth that Sophia and Lawrence have committed themselves to, can all teach us a few things.

The End Of The Auteur Era Of Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 9, 2011 12:30 PM
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People like to get credit for their work, but have they been getting the right credit for it? Are we able to recognize when something is a collaboration as opposed to a work of an individual who has hired a team to execute it?

How Much Does An American Indie Producer Get Paid?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 26, 2011 12:30 PM
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Even if we are not in it for the money, it does not mean we shouldn't be rewarded fairly for our knowledge, labor, services, expertise, relationships, and talent. It doesn't happen much. If you are either starting out or already at an expert level, what can you expect to earn producing in the American Indie Film Industry, circa 2011.

Video: Christine Vachon Does A Good Ted Hope Impression

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 2, 2011 2:59 AM
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Christine Vachon recently had a talk with Anthony Kaufman at the NewFest Visionary Award presentation and had many interesting things to say about her career, producing, and indie film -- all that plus a lovely impression of yours truly.

Video: Spike Jonze, Lisa Cholodenko, and me on Financing and The Rule Of The Samurai

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 27, 2011 4:25 AM
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Spike, Lisa, and I got to have a great conversation at The Cleveland Public Library early this year, and a great crowd came. An official video was shot of the proceedings and hopefully will be available shortly, but this one came from the crowd, and is a nice little nugget to wet your appetite.

Guest Post: Jon Mortsugu: "Out With The Punk, Long Live The New Wave"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 2, 2011 2:00 AM
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When I got started making movies in he late 80's, I didn't know if our films would ever be seen or find a home. I took great comfort in the fact that others were doing it too though. When I learned first of Gregg Araki and then Jon Mortsugu -- and hence a west coast indie revolution -- I knew what we were doing was bigger than us. Everyone's approach and content was different, but damn it was bold. No one was spending much and we were starting to get it seen. The LA films we edgier and, well, louder. Mortsugu's titles alone project his attitude well: SCUM ROCK, FAME WHORE, MOD FUCK EXPLOSION, & HIPPY PORN. Today he guest blogs on how the digital revolution has lead him to lower the punk rock flag.

Guest Post: Beth B "Who Says An Old Punk Can't Learn New Tricks?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 30, 2011 3:00 AM
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I moved to NYC in the early 80's with dreams of making films that would change the world. To prime my path, I was prepared to serve first. There were two internships I wanted. Having grown up listening to Alan Lomax's Southern Journey records, he was one. He didn't hire me. The Super-8 No Wave film thing was taking the city by storm -- or at least the East Village. I turned my sights to working for Beth B, one of the key figures in the "Cinema Of Transgression". I got the interview... but not the gig. Although I have had to watch from afar, I have kept track of Beth and her work, and have always found it inspiring and uncompromising. How Beth navigates the challenge of giving her work form while leading her life and not being lead is both a marvel and a mantra. As Beth points out in her post today, it is not easy, it is a struggle, but the rewards prove the choice's righteousness time and time again.

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