There is Hope for Film

I just interviewed a 40 year Hollywood veteran, and when I told him I was doing this blog, because of a guy I’ve never met named, Ted Hope, he said, “Who is Ted Hope?”

I thought I’d share with you one of my thought mentors, Ted Hope. He is what Indie Filmmaking is all about: telling great stories and helping others tell great stories.


Ted Hope has produced more than seventy films as of this writing, and including Adventureland and Martha Marcy May Marlene, and he’s worked with directors like  James Gunn (Super), Ang Lee (Eat Drink Man Woman, Ice Storm, Ride with the Devil), Ed Burns (Brothers McMullen, She’s the One, No Looking Back),  Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams), John Waters (A Dirty Shame), Alan Ball (Towelhead), Hal Hartley (Fay Grim, Flirt, Amateur), Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Human Nature), Oscar nominated In the Bedroom, American Splendor and The Savages and the Emmy nominated Laramie Project along with Sundance winners The Tao of Steve,  The Devil & Daniel Johnson, Thumbsucker, and others. As the head of the San Francisco Film Society, which has shepherded films like Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Sessions, and the Sundance award winning “Fruitvale” which seems to have some steam behind it being picked up by the Weinstein’s, Hope promises to be the patron saint of Indie Film. And even if he’s not, he’s been an inspiration to me.


Hope talks about championing Indie film in a time when the filmmakers have less and less support, and more and more noise keeps their films from being seen. He talks about focus in a time when everything is DIY, but if you DIY everything, nothing will get done. He talks about local voices in a global world. Here’s a clip of him talking about his philosophy.


Hope gives me hope. He makes me think I’m not crazy NOT going the Hollywood Studio route to tell the stories on my heart. He’s helping filmmakers hone their skills. He supports others and that’s encouraging.

He has an awful looking site with great info on it called Don’t judge him to harshly, he’s busy making films and helping filmmakers.

I don’t know Ted Hope, and he doesn’t know me. He’s the beacon on the coast, I don’t have to get to him, he guides my way.



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