An invitation-only crowd at the Hamptons International Film Festival got schooled on"The Secrets of Schamus" — that's Focus Features CEO James Schamus — by his former producing partner Ted Hope on Friday night. Schamus, whose career includes screenwriting credits for The Ice Storm and an Oscar nomination as producer of Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, was the recipient of the festival's Industry Toast at East Hampton Point. more »
In a move that should cause some shockwaves through the indie filmmaking world, one of independent film's most recognizable producers, Ted Hope, will takeover as Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society. The organization annually produces the April San Francisco International Film Festival - the oldest such event in the Americas - in addition to other year-round programming events and filmmaker support services. A long-time figure in New York where he produced films through his companies Good Machine, This Is That and Double Hope Films, he will head west to San Francisco where he will take on the position beginning September 1st. Hope succeeds fellow indie veteran Bingham Ray, who tragically died January early in his tenure at SFFS.