In the early 90’s, American Independent Film burst on the media scene with the promise of new visions, new stories, and new approaches. Ted Hope was among the first producers to emerge from the pack and one of the very few today consistently delivering vital and exciting new work. Ted co-founded and ran the 90’s production & sales powerhouse Good Machine, which he and his partners sold to Universal in 2002. Good Machine was honored by a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in 2001.
Hope subsequently co-founded the New York production company This is that with his former assistant Anthony Bregman and Anne Carey, whom Hope had met on his first day at NYU Film School. In its eight years, This is that produced eighteen features, receiving numerous awards, including four Academy Award Best Screenplay nominations. Most recently, he founded Double Hope Films with his wife, filmmaker Vanessa Hope.
Hope has been widely recognized as one of the most influential people in Independent Film – a survey of his work, numbering more than sixty films, includes many highlights and breakthroughs of the last two decades. Ted’s most recent production, MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, written and directed by Sean Durkin and starring Lizzy Olsen, Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, and John Hawkes won the Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Ted’s next release, SUPER, written and directed by James Gunn, and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, was the first sale of this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Hope is also in post-production on two films: DARK HORSE, written and directed by Todd Solondz and starring Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken; and COLLABORATOR, written and directed by Martin Donovan and starring Donovan, David Morse and Olivia Williams. With COLLABORATOR and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, Hope now has twenty “first features” to his credit including those of Alan Ball, Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Ang Lee, and Bob Pulcini & Shari Berman, among others.
Ted’s many notable productions include 21 GRAMS, which earned two Academy Award nominations and five BAFTA nominations, IN THE BEDROOM, which earned five Academy Award nominations, and the Cannes Critics’ Prize-winning HAPPINESS. Ted has three Sundance Grand Prize winners to his credit, including the groundbreaking AMERICAN SPLENDOR, and he has served on the jury at Sundance, SxSw, as well as many other festivals. His indieWIRE blog “Hope for Film”, which Variety has called a “fantastic resource,” makes him the only producer with a regular column in a trade.
He also maintains several blogs at HopeForFilm.com, including founded Hammer To Nail, a film review site focused on Truly Independent Film. In addition, Ted serves on the IFP’s Board Of Directors and the advisory boards of the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, The Film Collaborative, Power to the Pixel, and the Woodstock Film Festival.