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 cinemawhere 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.
"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
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 5th August 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.53