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Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions by [Hope, Ted]
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"A relentlessly useful insider's guide to independent film from a longtime practitioner." --Kirkus "Filled with tidbits of earned wisdom and stories from the proverbial trenches..." --SF Weekly "For anyone who is a producer, dreams of being a producer, or just wants to understand how the movie world really works, this book is a must-read...Hope for Film is written in an admirably honest, conversational voice..." -- Cultural Weekly "One of the things I like about Hope's assessment is the way he looks at...the larger ecology, in this case, the sustenance provided by journalistic criticism..." --Culture Crash "Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions by Ted Hope is required reading for anyone that aspires to enter the world of filmmaking." --Flicksided

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Ted Hope is one of the most respected voices in independent film. In 1990 he cofounded with James Schamus the production and sales powerhouse Good Machine. His 65-plus films includes many highlights and breakthroughs in independent cinema, including The Ice Storm, American Splendor, 21 Grams, Happiness, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Adventureland. Known within the industry for having an extraordinary ability to recognize emerging talent, Hope has more than 20 first features to his credit, including those of Alan Ball, Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, and Nicole Holofcener. As the creator, editor, and regular contributor to HopeForFilm.com blog, Hope provides a must-read forum for discussion and engagement about the critical issues filmmakers and artists face. Anthony Kaufman is a highly respected film journalist who has covered independent cinema since 1997. He was one of the founding editors of Indiewire.com and continues to write about films and the film industry for a variety of publications, including Variety and The Village Voice, for which he wrote the July 1999 cover story on The Blair Witch Project. He has also been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, among others.

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  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (19 May 2014)
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  • Language: English
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A joy to read from the start to the end credits. If you are involved or interested in indie film it is a must-buy and the author's live for film shines through on every page. The motto is if it can be done, you will find a way to get it done.
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I have a shelf that has 11 books about film on it that I read over and over again at intervals. It now has 12. Ted Hope's HOPE FOR FILM is a refreshingly honest, hugely informative and enjoyably colourful description of behind-the-scenes independent movie making. It's a proper story too, leading it's readers from Ted's early and enthusiastic beginnings in the business through multiple adventures to where he sits today, in a slightly different position as CEO of Fandor. Of course, there are also intriguing tales of stars and star directors within its pages. But most of all the book feels astonishingly current - as if the author has brought us convincingly right up to date with the predicaments and possibilities of independent film as they stand today. I for one am going to follow the updates on Ted's website closely. Whether setting out as a film-maker, blossoming in mid-career or considering a return, don't risk not reading this book.
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As a film writer and director, I spend my life balancing that optimism and hope for us all to make great creative and innovative work, with knowing (or thinking I know) what 'the market' will take. What's great about Ted Hope's book is that it investigates and narrates US independent cinema production from the head and from the heart, showing how great projects can get through, and how indies can strategise in the current climate. He has been there and fought battles in a changing climate but despite being on the frontline he draws back and evaluates the process in a way that is truly inspiring for all of us.
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Being a big fan of Ted Hope's Good Machine and This is that production company output I was interested and, dare I say it, excited to read this book. I was not disappointed.

It is a brilliant insight into a producer who has not only shepherded great films through to completion but also to producers like myself it gives us 'hope' that what we are trying to do is not that disimilar to the greats, and yes I count Ted Hope as one of the greats.

If you like film, work in film or have ever seen a film, this book is as the blurb states - invaluable. Buy it, tell your friends to buy it, and if they don't - well then buy it for them.

Read his blog too. Great.
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HASH(0x9c8f5954) out of 5 stars Chronicle of a film lover 2 Aug. 2014
By R. Harper - Published on Amazon.com
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Whether you love independent cinema or just can't pass up a good story, Hope for Film draws you in with its engaging combination of film school explanations and personal memoir. Ted Hope is clearly someone who knows the business of making movies on a shoestring budget, and he shares his experiences in working the system with such well-known indie directors as Ang Lee and Nicole Holofcener. Through the book we follow his own growth from PA to respected executive producer to visionary determined to change the way things are done. Each chapter is somewhat self-contained, reflecting on a formative film-making experience that teaches Hope another lesson. By the time you reach the end you'll be convinced we need as a culture to find a way to preserve the art of film in an increasingly commercialized business. Fortunately it appears that here is the man to make it happen.
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HASH(0x9c8df474) out of 5 stars Must Read for all Indie Filmmakers 7 Oct. 2014
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
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Fans of Independent Film will find this retracing of its origins up to its current state, both informative and entertaining. Mr. Hope has dedicated much of his personal and professional life to the advancement of culture and art via the independent film movement, so reading his very personal accounts of this journey is part history lesson, and part memoir. This is a must read for all filmmakers navigating the indie landscape, and a primer for what's to come.
HASH(0x9da7b0cc) out of 5 stars No Hope for Film 3 July 2015
By AVid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the book overall, but the title should almost be No Hope for Independent Film. This is a well written and engaging memoir by one of the great producers of independent cinema. Ted Hope lays out the state of affairs of current independent film business. Distribution is tied up by established players and until technology is adapted in a way that can keep some of the profits for creators - I'm afraid were going to see more of the same. Independent cinema is not sustainable. If creatives can't participate in the revenue stream, they're not going to be able to make movies. His main thesis is that something has to be done. But the existing players are so entenched - the game is stacked on the side of the distributors. Not an encouraging read if you're an aspiring filmmaker. Mr. Hope paints a bleak picture.
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HASH(0x9d10cbdc) out of 5 stars What can we learn about the great indie filmmakers 1 Aug. 2014
By Nathan R Proctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book epitomizes the heart and soul of every film Ted Hope has produced. It's so much more than a book about the past. It's an urgent call-to-action. What can we learn about the great indie filmmakers? And how can we use that knowledge to create a more creative and sustainable future for cinema? Such an enjoyable read. So many great life lessons learned.
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HASH(0x9c8dfaa4) out of 5 stars A Must Have 12 Sept. 2014
By KR - Published on Amazon.com
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Hope for Film is one of the most phenomenal books you can read about the independent film scene -- its past, its present, and musings on its future. The stories inside are personal, and yet also universal filmmaker life lessons, hard-earned. Ted Hope documents the ever-changing rules of the marketplace and the impact that technological changes have wrought on low-budget films, both inside and outside of the studios.

With each year that passes, the opportunities for independent filmmaking expand due to advances in technology, yet the possibility of monetizing any of these films -- or even getting them seen -- shrinks. Ted Hope explores all of the angles of this conundrum, first as a producer, then from inside a festival organization, and finally as part of the brave new world of digital distribution.

After you've followed his journey, and taken in all of the knowledge gained from his experiences, he sets down a list of challenges that the indie film world now faces. They're problems that the film community as a whole must solve, but you'll see issues here articulated for the first time --- and in such a way that it inspires you to start finding solutions. An incredible read, profoundly inspirational.
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