Top independent film producer Ted Hope, whose films have garnered three Grand Jury Prizes at the Sundance Film Festival, is the guest speaker at Montclair State University’s Film Forum discussion series for Tuesday, February 7. The free event will be held in University Hall, Room 1040 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is open to the public.
Over the past 25 years, Hope has produced more than 60 films, many of which have broken new ground. He has been recognized for consistently delivering vital, exciting new work. Hope has produced the first films of such notable filmmakers as Ang Lee, Hal Hartly, Moises Kaufman and Shari Berman, among others.
Of his 23 Sundance entries, the three Grand Jury Prize winners were: American Splendor (2003), The Brothers McMullen (1995), and What Happened Was… (1994). His most recent production, SUPER, written and directed by James Gunn, which stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon, was the first sale of this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Hope and his partners at This is that, his New York production company, were recently cited by the Hollywood Reporter as among the 25 most powerful people in the independent film business. The recipient of many awards and honors, Hope is a frequent speaker and lecturer on issues regarding the film industry.
Sponsored by Montclair State’s filmmaking program, the Film Forum series invites contemporary filmmakers to speak about their work and profession.