New York filmmaker Ted Hope (pictured) has joined the San Francisco Film Society as executive director.
The industry commentator and veteran, who has produced feature films by directors including Ang Lee, Todd Solondz, Alan Ball, Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley and Nicole Holofcener, will begin the job on September 1.
He succeeds another New York producer, Bingham Ray, who served as the Society’s executive director for 10 weeks before his death in January. He had taken over the post following the death of Graham Leggat from Cancer last August.
The 55-year-old society runs the San Francisco International Film Festival, year-round screening series, exhibition and education programs, and filmmaker services, including the support program Filmmaker360.
“It’s time that the film industry looked not just to Hollywood but instead to the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, and San Francisco Film Society is a major artistic voice positioned right in the heart of this vibrant cultural location,” Hope said in a statement. “This unique opportunity to work with the Film Society’s diverse communities is an extension of producing in the fullest of ways – allowing me to engage with the art-form as a whole, at every level of activity.”
Hope’s recent film credits include Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Greg Mottola’s Adventureland. In 1990 he and James Schamus co-founded production and sales company Good Machine, which Universal acquired a decade ago.
His film The Savages (2007) received two Oscar nominations, and three of his films – American Splendor (2003), The Brothers McMullen (1995) and What Happened Was… (1994) – have won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Earlier this year, Hope hosted the keynote conversation with director Davis Guggenheim at Hot Docs in Toronto.
CORRECTION 10/8/12: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that The Savages won two Oscars, when in fact the film won two Oscar nominations.