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Oct 1 / Truly Free Film

You Too Can Have Your Faith In Cinema Restored

Whatever time you have to give today, tomorrow, this weekend, lend an ear to this interview I did in Toronto with David Poland for his DP/30 series.  

I explain why I have taken a hiatus from project producing, why I went to Fandor, and what we are truly capable of building now — in pretty specific detail.  

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Sep 30 / Truly Free Film

Where We Go From Here: The Film Ecosystem Rebuild

For the first time ever in the history of the film biz, we NOW have the capacity to contemplate the design of a total systems rebuild of the film ecosystem. We can build it better for all stakeholders and take advantage of the tools now available us while making it function for today’s realities instead of the antiquated concepts of yesteryear.  Here is a step in that direction:

I have written out 126 further steps too.  They are all [...]


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Sep 25 / Truly Free Film

Can’t We All Just Work Together?

In my book, Hope For Film, I write:

“Indie film is not about community or culture – it is more about business and success than ever before. This is where I let my gray hair (what’s left of it) show. The folks in this business generally forget that we are first and foremost a community. We could be [...]


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Sep 24 / Truly Free Film

Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #12: How to Change the World (And, Most Importantly, Why) – Part III

In the words of playwright Theresa Rebeck (from a talk she gave in 2010, reprinted in Women & Hollywood) : ‘It’s time to hear both sides, to hear all voices, to build a culture where stories are told by both men and women. That is the way the planet is going to survive, and it’s the way we are going to survive.’ So, how can we build that culture? Where do we start? I will list a few options to start with, and I’m inviting you to suggest more: [...]


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Sep 23 / Truly Free Film

How Not To Negotiate A Distribution Deal Part 3

Evolving out of a recent presentation and interviews with members oFilm Independent, leading distribution strategist Peter Broderick has written an important set of guidelines for anyone seeking to negotiate a distribution deal for their movie. Shorter versions of this post have also run on IndieWire and Film Independent, and we’re happy to run the complete post here in three parts on Hope For Film. Read PART THREE BELOW. PART ONE HERE. And PART TWO HERE.
 

6 CRITERIA FOR DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS

  1. Find distributors who are effective and honest. They should have track records that demonstrate this as well as raves from other filmmakers who have worked with them.

  1. Find distributors who are flexible and will help you to implement your customized distribution strategy rather than requiring you to fit into a one-size-fits-all approach to distribution

  1. Find distributors who are willing and able to be partners. Some companies are only interested in being masters. [...]


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Sep 22 / Truly Free Film

Open Calls vs. Closed Doors

Over the past years I directed two no(?)-micro(?)-low(?)-budget (what’s the latest on who qualifies?) features and a dozen short films and almost every time I held open community meetings seeking the public’s support.  I didn’t think this was anything special but the producers on Free in Deed asked me to describe the rationale for running ‘Open Call Info Sessions’ to the community on low-budget projects instead of traditional ‘closed-door auditions’.

FreeInDeed Still e1411149643885  Open Calls vs. Closed Doors [...]


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Sep 20 / Truly Free Film

The Answers Are Revealed

IMG_6202The other day I did it a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  I managed to answer every question.  There were a lot of them.  You can find all the answers here. They run the spectrum from favorite color and what I like about being a CEO to how I got started, whacky experiences, and the future of the film business.  Please check it out.

If you need a quick fix, here’s how I got started: [...]


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Sep 29 / Let's Make Better Films

I Am Taking Credit Where Little Is Due

So what if it is not my Oscar?

Bet you didn’t know I was responsible for this summer’s biggest box office hit. Yup. Guardians Of The Galaxy: I am responsible for that.

And if you were in Zurich for their film festival, you might have gotten some excellent advice on how to make award winning films.  It may have seemed like Nicholas Chartier was giving the speech, but […]


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Sep 26 / My Films

Book Excerpt: How Nicole Holofcener Got Her Start

Did you miss the excerpt of my book “Hope For Film” that Women And Hollywood ran the other week? It’s not too late.

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Sep 20 / Issues and Actions

Cord Cutting? Americans Dig Their TV

How America Is Watching TV, an Infographic by Koeppel Direct

It is so easy to think we’ve moved away from the TV and to mobile and online, but..

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Sep 15 / Issues and Actions

Ask Me Anything: All My Secrets Revealed!

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This Wednesday, Sept 17th at 1P ET I will be doing a Reddit AMA and I hope you can join me.  Don’t hold back. Ask me anything. 

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Sep 13 / My Films & These Are Those Things

Why Producing Is Not My Profession

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In reviewing my book, Nick DeMartino captures a great deal of what I am feeling these days. I think we can move things forward and build it better together.  Nick spots how my love of cinema drew us forward and then how that same love drew me away from a focus on project producing.

“At a certain point, living an […]


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Sep 5 / Let's Make Better Films & My Films

More Nice Plugs For My Book

I hope film fans everywhere find my book and dig it.  It is so hard to get the word out that I am particularly grateful whenever anyone writes something good about the book.  Evidently it makes a huge difference when someone posts a five-star Amazon review.  Hopefully those of you who read this blog and recognize how much effort has […]


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Aug 21 / Issues and Actions & My Films

Read Some Excerpts From My New Book

I know what you are thinking. You are wondering “why should I go buy a book when I can just download a movie illegally for free?” right?  Well there is a price to pay for everything.  One of the reasons I wrote this book is to advance and preserve the film art and culture that I love — and that […]


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Aug 8 / These Are Those Things

LA Times Digs My Book!

Check it out:

“Ted Hope’s new book “Hope for Film” is part memoir, part manual, part manifesto”

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Aug 7 / Issues and Actions

Festival Planning Gets Easier And Easier

Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard. How do you know what festival to play when?  That remains to be answered, but just knowing what festivals are approaching is great gift — and now you can quite easily.

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