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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