23rd Annual Woodstock Film Festival

Conversation with Ted Hope: Hosted by Michelle Byrd

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"The New Now: Defining Today's Reality In The Film Biz & What Can You Do To Use or Change It For The Better". The FilmBiz — be it Indie Or Corporate — has been one of constant change for over 30+ years & Hope has ridden the waves to pursue, produce, and promote what he calls "ambitiously authored" work. Through his movies, his book "HopeForFilm" (the second edition of which was released last month), and a wide range of positions including Head Of Movies for Amazon Studios, he has forged new roads & methods, but none as challenging as the ones he will explain our facing us now. If you are looking to make a film that only you can make — or want to make sure we have such diverse work to enjoy — this masterclass is a must to attend event.


Michelle Byrd has spent 15+ years successfully building prominent, non-profit media organizations. She is presently Associate National Executive Director with the Producers Guild of America, the non-profit trade organization that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. Prior to PGA she served for 12 years as Executive Director of IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project) and three years as Co-President of Games for Change. 





Ted Hope recently resigned as Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios where he oversaw the prestige movies produced, developed and acquired by the company (Manchester by the Sea, The Salesman, The Big Sick, Cold War) for over five years. Hope’s 35-year career in the film business is defined by an innovative and inclusive approach, always operating from a deep love of cinema, its history, and recognition of its potential. Whether it’s helping to launch Amazon Studios and their commitment to theatrical releasing, their recent foray into worldwide streaming titles, or introducing new voices and new approaches to new audiences from his independent film producing days, Hope champions bold voices from the world over. Prior to joining Amazon, Hope produced over 70 films, as well as co-founding and co-running the production companies Good Machine, This is That, and Double Hope Films. Ted’s eye for directorial talent has helped launch the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry, Nicole Holofcener, and many others. His films have received numerous Academy Award nominations and a record three of them have won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. His filmmaking memoir Hope For Film was published in 2014, with a new edition coming later this year.