Gotham producer Ted Hope will take over as head of the San Francisco Film Society, which runs the San Francisco Film Festival. Starting Sept. 1, he’ll fill the slot left vacant by the death of Bingham Ray in January.
Hope will relocate from New York, where he produced independent films through Good Machine, This is That and Double Hope Films.
“The film world — be it in content, creation, business or audience — has changed significantly over the last 20 years and we all must change with it,” said Hope. “It’s time that the film industry looked not just to Hollywood but to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Film Society is a major artistic voice positioned right in the heart of this vibrant cultural location.”
The longtime producer has been an outspoken advocate for exploring new methods of funding and distributing independent films, writing for Indiewire and Filmmaker magazine.
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Ray headed the film society for just 10 weeks before his death, succeeding Graham Leggat, who died in August 2011.
Hope has produced or exec-produced nearly 70 films including Todd Solondz’s “Dark Horse,” Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “In the Bedroom.” “No one in the film industry is better positioned to lead us into the next phase of the San Francisco Film Society’s evolution than Ted Hope,” said interim exec director Melanie Blum. “His vision for the Film Society, which bridges the legacy of the organization as a champion of independent and international cinema and its potential to be a leading force in the future of moving-image media in our increasingly digital world, is exciting to us all.”
The San Francisco Film Festival will run April 25 to May 9.