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SIFF 2016 Forum: Catalyst Keynote with Ted Hope

Sat, June 11 | 1:45PM – 2:45PM
SIFF Film Center
305 Harrison St,
Seattle, WA 98109
$10 | $5 SIFF Members
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Mini Bio Written by Amazon Studios:
Expanding on a career producing many of this era’s landmark independent films, Ted Hope launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production in January of 2015. Ted has produced more than seventy films. He co-founded and ran the 90’s production & sales powerhouse Good Machine and went on to co-found This is that, which over its eight years produced eighteen features and received numerous awards, including four Academy Award Best Screenplay nominations. Subsequently, he founded Double Hope Films with his wife, filmmaker Vanessa Hope, and premiered Vanessa’s directing debut feature All Eyes and Ears (2015) at the Tribeca Film Festival this Spring. Hope has a unique eye for directorial talent, having launched the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener and many others. Hope’s films have received some of the industry’s most prestigious honors: The Savages (2007) earned two Academy Award nominations; 21 Grams (2003), two Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA nominations; and In the Bedroom (2001), five Academy Award nominations. Ted holds a record at Sundance: three of his twenty-three Sundance entries (American Splendor (2003), The Brothers McMullen (1995), and What Happened Was… (1994)) have won the Grand Jury Prize, more than any other producer. Hope’s book Hope for Film, a film memoir/handbook citing the lessons Ted learned on his productions, was published in Fall 2014 to great reviews, and is now in its second printing.