What makes a great indie film?

Ted Hope shares his insight on what makes a project great in terms of artistic innovation and financial viability.

In conversation with acclaimed documentary director and producer Peter L. Stein.

Twitter: @DFFest

About Ted Hope:
Dubbed "the most powerful man in independent cinema," Ted Hope is the producer of over 60 films, including 21 GRAMS, AMERICAN SPLENDOR, HAPPINESS, THE ICE STORM, IN THE BEDROOM and ADVENTURELAND. Ted has won three Sundance Grand Prizes and produced the first features of Alan Ball, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, and Ang Lee. He blogs at Hope For Film and co-founded the Indie Film review site Hammer To Nail. Ted's most recent productions include SUPER, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon; DARK HORSE, written and directed by Todd Solondz, and starring Jordan Gelber, Selma Blair, Justin Bartha, Mia Farrow, and Christopher Walken; and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE, starring Elizabeth Olsen.

About Peter L. Stein:
Peter L. Stein’s artistic career as a producer and presenter spans film, theater, television, museums, and online storytelling. During 11 years at PBS station KQED, he wrote, directed and produced a wide range of documentaries and series for national public television, garnering such prestigious honors as the Peabody Award (for his feature- length documentary "The Castro") and four Emmy awards for historical, cultural, culinary and environmental programs. Exploring the intersection of art, history and ideas, Peter spent three years creating in-gallery exhibitions and their online extensions at the Jewish Museum San Francisco, where he was also the content developer for its award- winning website. From 2003-11 he was Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the oldest and largest of its kind anywhere. Combining his passion for media-based stories with community engagement, the festival under Peter’s innovative curatorial direction was named by IndieWire among the top 50 film festivals in the world. Peter maintains an active career as a public speaker, conducting on-stage and broadcast interviews with prominent artists and authors in the Bay Area and nationally, and appearing himself on such programs as NPR's "Fresh Air" and "Weekend Edition." He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, and a third-generation San Francisco native.

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