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IFP and indieWIRE Present: Killer/Hope Masterclass

by Website Update on October 7, 2011

IFP and indieWIRE Present:


Cantor Film Center
36 E 8th St., New York, NY 10003
Saturday, November 5 from 10am until 4pm.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers has joined forces with indieWIRE, the leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike, to bring NYC the first ever stateside masterclass with Ted Hope and Christine Vachon, focusing on the practical advice and lessons they’ve learned from 25 years and over 100 films in the indie film business.

The veteran indie producers, whose films have won four Sundance Grand Jury Prizes, Critics’ prizes at Cannes, Emmy Awards, and earned loads of Oscar nominations, have previously shared the insights they’ve gained in an ever-changing field with sold out audiences of filmmakers in the UK and Scandinavia. Now they will be offering their knowledge to their hometown NYC filmmaking community. Cantor Film Center (36 E 8th St., New York, NY 10003) on Saturday, November 5 from 10am until 4pm.

Ted and Christine have discovered and nurtured many young directors. They’ve produced the first features of Todd Haynes, Ang Lee, Rose Troche, Mary Harron, Michel Gondry, this year’s Sundance Directing Prize-winner, Sean Durkin and many, many more. Beyond writing/directing talent, they have also mentored and helped build many top producers and executives.

Hope and Vachon will focus on how to get your movie made, how to make it well and make it great, how to get it seen, and how to survive to do it all over again. And again. And again. And again. The Film industry’s creative and business sectors are at an intersection of great possibility – learn how to tap into and exploit these shifting paradigms.

“Traveling the world with Christine discussing the future of film has been a great experience—we’ve gotten to meet and talk to the folks who will be making the good work and leading the industry in the future” says Hope.

“We’ve learned so much from the participants and the response has be been particularly gratifying – even if the sound of Ted’s voice can be grating” adds Vachon.

Hope and Vachon have established themselves as innovative leaders of the independent film industry and community, touring the world discussing the future of film, and engaging directly with audiences via social media. Both teach in New York University’s graduate film program and write extensively on the state of cinema – Vachon is the author of two Los Angeles Times Best Sellers: A Killer Life: How An Independent Producer Survives Deals And Disasters In Hollywood And Beyond (Simon and Schuster, 2006); and Shooting To Kill: How An Independent Producer Blasts Through The Barriers To Make Movies That Matter (Avon, 1998). Hope is the only active filmmaker with a daily column in one of the film industry’s major trade publications, indieWIRE, and he is recognized by leading social media analytics as one of the most influential people in terms of “independent film.”

In the early 90’s, American Independent Film burst on the media scene with the promise of new visions, new stories, and new approaches. Hope and Vachon were among the first producers to emerge from the pack and are two of the very few still delivering vital and exciting work today. They have produced over 100 films combined and have received some of the industry’s most prestigious honors, each having led companies honored with tributes at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) is the nation’s oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers.  Since its debut at the 1979 New York Film Festival, IFP has supported the production of over 7,000 films and offered resources to more than 20,000 filmmakers, providing an opportunity for many diverse voices to be heard. IFP believes that independent films enrich the universal language of cinema, seeding the global culture with new ideas, kindling awareness, and fostering activism. The organization championed the early work of pioneering independent filmmakers Charles Burnett, Todd Haynes, Mira Nair, Michael Moore, Joel and Ethan Coen, Kevin Smith, and Todd Solondz. IFP continues to play a vital role in launching first films of many of today’s rising stars on the independent scene including Debra Granik (“Down to the Bone”), Miranda July (“Me, You and Everyone We Know”), and Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden (“Half Nelson”).


indieWIRE is the web’s best take on independent film, offering invaluable news and resources to filmmakers, the latest reviews, interviews, and features for moviegoers, and breaking news and analysis for the film industry. The indieWIRE Blog Network offers smart, opinionated, diverse takes on across multiple aspects of Hollywood, indie film and TV. Winner of the Webby Award for best film website, indieWIRE was lauded as a “must read” by Variety, branded the “online heartbeat of the world’s independent film community” by Forbes and dubbed “best indie crossroads” by film critic Roger Ebert.


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