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Guest Post: Christopher Boghosian "Los Angeles Won't Make Your Movie!"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 3, 2011 3:00 AM
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Last Friday, Rosen & Bennett offered up some first feature advice: go home. Today Christopher "I Am A Nobody Filmmaker" Boghosian comes to a very similar conclusion after spending some time knocking around Los Angeles. His last post generated quite a lot of buzz. Wonder if you fellow LA residents feel like wise?

Guest Post: Mike Ryan on "Let's Celebrate The 'Collapse' Of The Indie Film Bubble"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 27, 2011 5:29 AM
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Is it necessary to earn a "good" living creating ambitious work? Should it be enough just to get the opportunity, to hear the calling, of making films outside of the mainstream commercial industry? Can we ever give enough thanks and appreciation that we don't have to weld, lift, push paper, or aid in the killing of civilians and instead can inspire, instill hope, develop empathy in others? I struggle with this, as you know, and am thankful that friends and collaborators like producer Mike Ryan join in this discussion, as he does below.

A "Career" In Indie Film? Better Have That Second Job Lined Up...

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 21, 2011 8:30 AM
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I don't want to discourage anyone to not pursue their dreams. I just want to encourage people to do it in a realistic manner. On the other hand, I also don't think anyone should live their life dedicated to being safe and secure. We do need to pursue and push for better things. But then again, I also don't think anyone should be reckless in that pursuit. Cracking the code about trying the impossible (aka a life in the arts) is a back and forth proposition, and success is often based on good timing as much as merit.

Building Our Home: Is It Possible To Make A Living As A FIlmmaker?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • March 19, 2011 1:31 AM
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You know what? As important as this question is, and as dedicated as I am to making sure we all learn the practical things that will allow us to both earn a living & build a new system that allows for artists to sustain a career in the arts, I also think that if we try too hard to answer that question, we will never commit ourselves to the art, craft, and pursuit.

Film Courage: Thinking About Lost Opportunities

  • By Ted Hope
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  • March 17, 2011 7:53 AM
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Back at the head of the year I did a three part post for the indispensable website/podcast Film Courage pondering what might have been in Indie Film and what actually could still be. They have been kind enough to collect all three posts in one handy dandy spot for your reading enjoyment. They have also been generous enough to post it on their front page. Here's a taste, but I hope you dive in for the whole meal.

35 WAYS TO KEEP THE FAITH IN TRULY FREE FILM

  • By Ted Hope
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  • March 10, 2011 1:15 AM
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I was invited to speak in Amos Poe’s “Media & Mavericks’ NYU Film School Undergrad class last month. Salman Rushdie and Abel Ferrara spoke before me. Patti Smith was set to follow (so does that mean I’ve opened for Patti?). How could I say no to Amos? Particularly when it was in such illustrious company? His offer to speak got me thinking about what have been the underlying philosophies that have helped me enjoy a prolific life in a capital intensive mass market art form. I entered the film world with the belief that I would be denied access to my lack of connections, class, and rarefied tastes & desires. These "philosophies" that I found, be they mantras, or just helpful reminders, have driven me through the decades and continue to fuel my fire. I hope they help to inspire more good work of yours and want to hear what additions you have to this list.

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