An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industry’s most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current moment of technology-fueled regeneration. Ted Hope, whose films have garnered 12 Oscar nominations, draws from his own personal experiences working on the early films of Ang Lee, Eddie Burns, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz and other indie mavericks, relating those decisions that brought him success as well as the occasional failure.
Whether navigating negotiations with Harvey Weinstein over final cuts or clashing with high-powered CAA agents over their clients, Hope offers behind-the-scenes stories from the wild and often heated world of low-budget cinema—where art and commerce collide. As mediator between these two opposing interests, Hope offers his unique perspective on how to make movies while keeping your integrity intact and how to create a sustainable business enterprise out of that art while staying true to yourself. Against a backdrop of seismic changes in the indie-film industry, from corporate co-option to the rise of social media, Hope for Film provides not only an entertaining and intimate ride through the ups and downs of the business of art-house movies over the last 25 years, but also hope for its future.
Streamed live on 10 Jun 2014
If you are a filmmaker or other individual working in the film industry, you are trapped in a paradox. It is a time of tremendous opportunity, yet also a time of great hardship. The tools for creation and distribution have never been cheaper, yet only an elite few can actually make a living. This roundtable will look at how things could be different for a much broader range of artists of all sorts. Could we create a system that allows many more artists to create much more work that could be enjoyed by a much wider range of audiences? What would be needed? How would that work?
It’s the best of times and the worst of times to be a filmmaker. Check out what Paul Schrader, Ritesh Batra, Melissa Silverstein, Scott Foundas, Mynette Louie, and Austin Kleon had to share with me about how we can ReInvent Hollywood to better serve the artist. Reinvent Hollywood – The Artists
Reinventors is a series of virtual roundtables done over the new medium of group video about how to fundamentally reinvent many of our 20th-century systems to work in the new realities of our 21st-century world.
Each session starts with an anchor interview of a remarkable “reinventor” who lays out his or her ideas on how to fundamentally reinvent a field, and that flows into a roundtable discussion with other experts and innovators who can build off those ideas.
The whole video conversation is streamed to a live audience through the web.
Reinvent America is the inaugural project that will launch in early 2013 and look at how to fundamentally reinvent America across many fields. How can we help the country make the transition to the all-digital, fully global, more sustainable world of the coming decades and take on the huge challenges that lie ahead?
If you’re interested in following this new kind of video conversation, get involved at: www.reinventors.net