You've gotta love Ted Hope. I mean, if you don't, then you either don't love independent film or you are just being ornery! Hope (and what a fitting surname that is), who has worked with IFP in a number of ways, from being an Independent Filmmaker Conference panelist to mentoring our Filmmakers to sitting on the advisory board of the IFP Narrative Lab, received an award from L.A.'s Filmmakers Alliance recently. Presented by Alan Ball (AMERICAN BEAUTY, T.V.'s SIX FEET UNDER) the award recognizes Ted's past and continued gifts to the film community -- from the over 50 features he's produced (21 GRAMS, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, HAPPINESS) to the blog he writes, which tracks developments in our "new film culture and infrastructure, driven by both the creators and the audiences." Come out and see Ted on the "The Times They Are A'Changing" panel about making your first feature in the new landscape, on Sunday, September 20th at 11:30 am.
But for now, watch his moving speech here. and continued here