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Locarno Pro Center @Hotel Belvedere, Sala Granda, open to Industry badge holders.
Fri 4th August 2022, 4:30pm CEST
The JetPack They Promised You: Navigating A Fast Track Through The Constant Disruption That Is The Film Business.
Our house is tumbling down. The sand is shifting beneath your feet. The walls are porous and the floors invisible. Yesterday vanishes before tomorrow is built – and despite this craziness you are trying to get a great movie made and seen; you want to do it with love and grace, while no one will tell you the truth to your face: the path most take will bite them on the ass. Producer, executive, entrepreneur, and author Ted Hope shares the lessons that 35 years and over 130 films – with multiple start-ups of all shapes and sizes – have shown him, through success and failure, with brutal honesty and heartfelt empathy. He’s done it on his own, and with awesome teams, both inside the biggest behemoth and outside the mainstream, all the while battling on behalf of the independent artist. His methods and processes will fuel the recognitions and rebellions that crack the walls and let the light shine in. Our industry and culture can be nasty and cruel but your hope for film will be fully refueled as Hope reveals the secrets needed to walk through the walls and dodge the bullets.
Ted’s been a producer on over 70 films, studio executive on over 60, CEO of a start-up streamer, co-head of 3 production companies, executive director of a film society & festival, a Professor Of Practice at 2 universities, and founder of a post-production facility, 2 websites, 2 think tanks, & an app. Ted launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production, leading them to 19 Oscar nominations and 5 wins. As a producer, his films have received 25 Oscar nominations, with 6 wins.
Ted’s memoir and newsletter Hope For Film, are both must reads. Ted helped launch the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Hal Hartley, and many others. His most recent films include the first narrative from Oscar-winning documentary director, Roger Ross Williams, Cassandro, as well as the documentaries: Evgeny Afineevsky’s Ukraine War documentary Freedom On Fire, Marina Zenovich’s Jerry Brown: The Disrupter, and Vanessa Hope’s Invisible Nation on Taiwan.