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Many years ago Ted Hope called me up and said that I and my partner, Robin O’Hara, should be at his Good Machine office on a Saturday morning at 9:00 AM. He was doing a workshop on low-budget production and, as young producers, he thought we’d find it helpful. That was about 20 years ago, and I still remember — and rely on — stuff Hope taught that day.

A lot has changed in two decades, but both Hope and producer Christine Vachon, who are teaching a master class this Saturday, have kept up with the evolution of independent film and know what the young filmmakers and producers of today need to know.

From their press release:

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.

The master class is $150, but Filmmaker readers can use the IFP discount to reserve for $125. Use the code “IFPMember” at checkout.

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