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I Am No Longer Going To Produce Films For My Living

by Ted Hope.

I have decided I am no longer going to produce films for my living.  To do so requires me to deliver quantity over quality. Or to not contribute as fully as I like since I won’t be fairly compensated.  Or to make something that is virtually guaranteed to not have the cultural impact it warrants.  Those are three things that I am refusing to be part of.

When I resigned recently from running the San Francisco Film Society, I said I was going to produce films (among other things).  But that is not what was driving me to resign. I would love to make one film a year, even two, but to depend on my livelihood to do so requires I work on about 25 films a year (developing, packaging, and financing), and all generally without any remuneration until the film gets made.  The infrastructure for producing films of quality does not exist — even if you have done it across 70 films or so in the last 25 years.

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