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  • Producer Ted Hope: Indies Need to Take the Next Step

    One of the pivotal figures of independent filmmaking during the fertile period of the 1990s and 2000s, Ted Hope has produced films by auteurs including Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Solondz, Todd Haynes, Bart Freundlich, Todd Fields and Michel Gondry. Last year, he wrote he would no longer depend on producing to make a living, but he remains passionate about creating, and about helping the indie movie business model evolve. "I want to make films that lift the world and our culture higher -- and our current way of doing things does just the opposite," he wrote at the time. After serving for a year as director of the San Francisco Film Festival, he became CEO of San Francisco-based Fandor, an online subscription film service. "Hope for Film" grew out of his writing on his longtime blog.
  • 'Life of Crime' is true to mayhem and humor of Elmore Leonard

    No one brought more panache to wised-up crime, crime with a wicked sense of humor, than the late Elmore Leonard. As the author of close to 50 novels, Leonard's star has never been brighter, including the publication this week of a collection of four...

    This week's reviews in brief

    Here are condensed versions of this week's book reviews: "The Invisible Bridge" by Rick Perlstein; Simon & Schuster (860 pages, $37.50) In this brick of a book, Chicagoan Perlstein has done a jampacked job of chronicling a riveting, portentous...

    Ted Hope traces long career in indie film in 'Hope for Film'

    Ted Hope traces long career in indie film in 'Hope for Film'
    Ted Hope's new book "Hope for Film" is part memoir, part manual, part manifesto as it traces his long career in independent filmmaking, mostly and most notably as a producer but more recently with a brief excursion into the nonprofit world and then onto...

    Sundance Institute's filmmaking labs quietly make a difference

     Sundance Institute's filmmaking labs quietly make a difference
    For most folks, the phrase "Sundance," besides the famous association with Robert Redford, invokes the annual well-covered film festival in snowy Utah. The larger Sundance Institute, founded by Redford in 1981, also puts on other events, including the new...