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Sep 2 / Truly Free Film

Hope For Film Speaking Tour

There is a lot to say

There is a lot to say

I have a lot to share with you.  I also have a lot of hope for film — and I am not just talking about copies of my book for you to pick up.  Anyway, you can hear it all directly from me as I will be on the road a lot over these next few months. Hopefully I will be coming to your town. If you happen to teach at a college, and I am coming through already, let me know, and maybe I can make an additional stop. If I am not passing through, and you’d like me to, let me know. Here’s a sampling of where I will be headed as well as the dates: [...]


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Aug 29 / Truly Free Film

Variety Runs Book Excerpt And Interview

If the first two excerpts from my book have got you hooked, you can get a new fix courtesy of Variety.   [...]


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Aug 27 / Truly Free Film

Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #10: How to Change the World (And, Most Importantly, Why) – Part I

mad-men-office-392In the second episode of Season One of Mad Men, one of the copywriters is showing the agency to a new secretary, trying to impress her: “You know . . . there are women copywriters!” he claims. – “Good ones?” – “Sure,” he says. “I mean, you can always tell when a woman is writing copy. But sometimes she may be the right man for the job, you know?” Not much has changed since the days depicted in Mad Men. Or at least, not enough. This is still a man’s world – and sometimes a woman will get a writing job not because she is “the right man for the job” but because she is a woman. [...]


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Aug 19 / My Films & Truly Free Film

Can You Come To This Event In San Francisco?

BvFyvN4CMAAJ-Bp-1I hope we never run out of things that we get to do for the first time. Even more, I hope each of them is as exciting as this next one will be for me. I have never given a bookstore reading before, but I am going to do one very soon.

That’s why I write now: to invite you to the first bookstore reading of my first book.  It will be on Wednesday, August 27th at 730 PM at Books, Inc. in San Francisco at 2275 Market Street.

I must confess: I am a tad nervous. [...]


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Aug 18 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: Speciality Film Financing Updates

UploadLending Club offers a great consumer solution — loans, lines of credit and access to capital that traditional banking and institutional lending cannot provide.  Additionally — Lending Club offers individuals the opportunity to make investments through the providing of capital to said consumers. As banks continue tightening their abilities to service specific opportunities (especially those in media, entertainment & technology) — BondIt has found an opportunity to provide value and customer service in the growing independent market place. As film & media producers we knew the realities of getting a project financed, produced and recouped — it is never a pleasant ride. Combining this reality with the financial and technology background our team brought to the table — BondIt continuing to expand by offering additional services, industry value and a growing fund. [...]


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Aug 14 / Truly Free Film

What I Learned Producing Ang Lee’s 1st Breakout Hit

The Wedding BanquetOne of the pleasures of writing my book “Hope For Film” was examining many of my films for the lessons I’ve learned. The book is structured around ten core lessons although most of them include many different films.  I learned a lot more than I could ever fit in one book. In going back and looking at my notes I realize of all my films, I might have learned most from Ang Lee’s 2nd film “The Wedding Banquet”. [...]


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Aug 13 / Truly Free Film

Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #9: The Real Secret of Success of American TV, Part II

So what is the big difference between the film and TV industries? And why is American TV so successful? There are surely as many theories as there are shows, and they are probably all right. Still, allow me to add one more, based on one very important difference that I believe has been overlooked till now despite its enormous significance. 

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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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Jul 25 / These Are Those Things

Bring The Golden Age Of Trash Back!

Care for a little sexploitation anyone?

 

 

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Jul 16 / Issues and Actions

The Search For A New Business Model: Bond360 Offers Cinepacks

Check it out! As the site says:

“From BOND/360 labs, CinePacks brings together the best of independent cinema in “pay what you want” digital bundles, allowing fans to discover great films that share a common theme. Each curated collection allows audiences to experience films that explore the communities, people, and stories tapped into the zeitgeist of yesterday and today.”

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Jul 3 / Issues and Actions

Never Miss A Deadline Again

This is awesome.  POV’s “For Filmmakers” calendar includes funding deadlines, calls for entries, festivals and other documentary events.

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Jul 3 / These Are Those Things

Trip Through The Globe Of New Filmmaking

I am a judge for Viewster’s Online Film Festival. It is so great to give money to filmmakers.  $100,000.00!!!!  This installment was “It’s Complicated” and it takes a global tour through relationships.

The thing I found most striking was the exposure to filmmakers from around the world.  Sitting hear in America, I mostly see local work, and you become […]


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Jun 24 / Let's Make Better Films

Free Reading To Enhance The Art And Business Of Your Film

We move things ahead by sharing what know and learn.  That has been the impetus behind this blog and many others.  The same can be said about case studies. Lately it has also become the impetus behind handbooks and the like.  Here’s a few you must download and read:

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Jun 20 / Issues and Actions

Must Read Interview

I was definitely “on message” with this interview for this really beautiful Danish magazine The CIFF Gazette.  I think I capture what will be the next chapter in the future of film pretty f’n well, if I do say so myself.

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