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Go See Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 3, 2011 8:30 AM
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What are you doing this weekend? If you had any friends that came to Tuesday night's HopeForFilm Screening at Goldcrest of Tristan Patterson's SxSW Audience Award winning film DRAGONSLAYER, I am sure that's what you'll now be going to see, because the word was "that good"! When I put on a screening, I also write a letter letting my list know why I care about the film. This is that letter for Dragonslayer.

It's Free! But You Can Still Pay For It If You Wish...

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 19, 2011 8:30 AM
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What's the goal? Building an audience, or making a profit? Some projects are undertaken for other reasons than getting rich. Sometimes we just want to educate people. And sometimes that noble effort, leads people to give even more.

Collaboration 101: Working With Your Partner (In Life And On Set) -- Part 2 of 3

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 7, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday, in an effort to determine whether "Can A Couple Truly Collaborate Creatively (And Survive?)" we started to look at the origins of the collaborative filmmaking team of Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine -- who just so happen to be entangled romantically too. Today, they share a bit about what they went through when they embarked on their first feature, Lawrence's GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY. They are as honest and forthcoming about their process, as they are in their filmmaking itself. As I said yesterday, "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."

You Can See MARTHA MARCEY MAY MARLENE No Matter Where You Are

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 1, 2011 1:00 AM
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How often does a distributor truly do a really impressive job making sure that people all over the globe can see an art film? How often does a true indie open globally? How often does a true indie play at film festivals all over the world? I am told that only once in the last ten years has a film played at Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals other than MARTHA MARCEY MAY MARLENE (go ahead and guess what the other was).

Video: How The Film Industry Has Changed & Where It Is Going

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 25, 2011 1:00 AM
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Video: How The Film Industry Has Changed & Where It Is Going

This Should Be Day 1 Of Film Schools Everywhere

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 29, 2011 12:30 PM
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After insipid subject matter, complete avoidance of emotional truth, ignorance of film history and the effects of representation, I think the redundant and derivative film language of most films is what truly gets my goat.

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: Wanda Bershen "Recognizing Where Indie Film Began"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 3, 2011 3:00 AM
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It seems that most Indie Film Makers & Lovers think Indie began in the late 80's or early 90's. There is a lot to be gained from the study and appreciation of those that came first though, and looking at the roots might point us to a better future. I was pleased to see one of those films, David Holtzman's Diary, recently get new attention, and pleased again when Kit Carson's post on it, brought some comments that opened my eyes to other work from the period. Wanda Bershon, guests today, to share some of her knowledge of the initial -- and essential -- Indies.

Video: Yancey Strickler of Kickstarter

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 15, 2011 8:00 AM
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If Indie Film had a person of the year, it would be Kickstarter this year. It's given more movies the needed boost than anyone else this year (as today's earlier post can attest. Thanks to Dan McGuire for the tip on this!

Private Film Festival: Chris Wiatt's DUPE

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 26, 2011 3:00 AM
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I have been planning a mini-fest of my own: six features, six scripts, one weekend. As I write this I have eleven to go. I just added one short to the list. Howard Gertler tipped me to Chris Wiatt's short DUPE as an example of good low bud use of VFX where the storytelling doesn't suffer due to the use of the incredible tools now available. I am glad he did. Check it out.

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