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Rex Sikes' Movie Beat chats with independent producer Ted Hope

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Ted Hope is recognized, by The Hollywood Reporter and other publications, as one of the most influential and powerful people in Independent Film. Hope is currently in pre-production on SUPER, written and to be directed by James Gunn, and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page and Liv Tyler. He recently completed Greg Mottola’s ADVENTURELAND -r eleased on April 3, 2009. Hope’s 2007 production of Oscar-winner Alan Ball’s feature film directorial debut, TOWELHEAD, marked his 18th production of a first time feature film director. In addition to Ball, Hope has brought to the screen the first features of Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Nicole Holofcener, Moises Kaufman, and Bob Pulcini & Shari Berman, among others. Along with his Good Machine partner James Schamus, Hope produced Ang Lee's early films including RIDE WITH THE DEVIL (1999), THE ICE STORM (1997), EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN (1994), the Academy Award nominated THE WEDDING BANQUET (1993), and PUSHING HANDS (1992). Hope has received numerous awards and honors throughout his twenty year career. He was the recipient of the 2009 Vision Award from the LA Filmmakers' Alliance, as well as the Woodstock Film Festival’s 2009 Honorary Trailblazer Award. His films have received some of the industry’s most prestigious honors: THE SAVAGES (2007) earned 2 Academy Award nominations; 21 GRAMS (2003), 2 Academy Award nominations and 5 BAFTA nominations; and IN THE BEDROOM (2001), 5 Academy Award nominations. Ted holds a record at Sundance: three of his twenty-three Sundance entries (AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003), THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN (1995), and WHAT HAPPENED WAS . . . (1994)) have won the Grand Jury Prize, more than any other producer. Two of his films, AMERICAN SPLENDOR (2003), and HAPPINESS (1998), have won the Critics Prize at the Cannes International Film Festival.Stay tuned to Rex Sikes Movie Beat for other great archived interviews, cast and crew listings, events, festivals, premieres, and more at http://www.rexsikes.com