Video: TIFF 2001 Moguls Talk With Ted Hope (aka Me)

At the Toronto International Film Festival this year I had the privilege of being asked to partake in their "Moguls" talk. Anthony Kaufman interviewed me. I think I set a record taking up the first sixteen minutes or so with my first answer. Granted it was about how MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and DARK HORSE came together, and neither one was a simple story -- but then never are, are they? Well, it does boil down in each instance to making the movie for less than what the apparent value is, but that's the film business today, isn't it?

Just in case you are wondering, the class that I mention isn't happening when I said it was. It's happening soon though, and we will announce it sooner.

I talk about SUPER around the 35 minute mark. 41 Min: budget agnostic, genre agnostic, medium agnostic, platform agnostic. First and foremost, I want.... 42 Min: What makes a good film? 43 Min: When I was falling in love with my wife Vanessa... 44 Min: That list is this one. 45:50 Reverse engineering of Film 46:45 How can film mirror free will? 47:30 The End Of The Auteur Era Of Film 54:30 "Making Independent Films is a crime." 57:20 "There's never been a better time to shoot celluloid than there is today." 58:10 "Independent Film is a luxury good."

If you want to help me index this further, I would appreciate it.

My Top Ten Toronto 2011 Want-To-See Films

I want you to see my films. Both DARK HORSE and MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE will be in Toronto. But I am excited to see so many others too. Already I have been so moved and impressed by THE SKIN I LIVE IN, THE KID WITH THE BIKE, and MELANCHOLIA. But there is so much more to check out. It looks like a good fall for cinema.

If I had a universal queue, tops on my list for Toronto would be (in alphabetical order):

360 -- Fernando Meirelles The Aritst -- Michel Hazanavicius Drive -- Nicolas Winding Refn Jeff, Who Lives At Home -- Duplas Brothers Like Crazy -- Drake Doremus Take Shelter -- Jeff Nichols Trishna -- Michael Winterbottom Twixt -- Francis Ford Coppola Tyrannosaur -- Paddy Considine We Need To Talk About Kevin -- Lynne Ramsay