Ted Hope, co-founder of This is that & Good Machine, has produced over sixty films, including three Sundance Grand Prize winners and the first features of Alan Ball, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, and Ang Lee. He blogs at HopeForFilm.com and co-founded the Indie Film review site HammerToNail.com. Ted is currently in post-production on SUPER, written and directed by James Gunn, and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon; he is in pre-production on DARK HORSE, written and to be directed by Todd Solondz this fall.
In the late ‘80’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. With partner Anne Carey, Hope is the co-founder of New York production company This is that. In its eight years, This is that has produced sixteen features. Ted previously co-founded and ran the feature production and sales company Good Machine, which was honored by a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in 2001.
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. Hope has brought to the screen the first features of Alan Ball, Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Moises Kaufman, Ang Lee, and Bob Pulcini and 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. He maintains several blogs at HopeForFilm.com, including Truly Free Film, which Variety has called a “fantastic resource,” and he founded Hammer To Nail, a film review site focused on Truly Independent Film. Ted is currently in post-production on two films: SUPER, written and directed by James Gunn, and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon; and LONGFELLOW, written, directed and starring Martin Donovan, and also starring David Morse and Olivia Williams. This fall Ted is set to produce DARK HORSE, written and to be directed Todd Solondz.