Just over a year ago, veteran indie film producer Ted Hope left his New York City home and moved to the West Coast to succeed the late Bingham Ray as executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. Now word comes today that he will step down at the end of the year to pursue other film-related interests. SFFS says Hope will work with the staff and board to facilitate a smooth leadership transition and will join the SFFS Advisory Board to assist in guiding the Film Society into the future. The board has begun a search for a new executive director.

“When I came to San Francisco after producing so many films, it surprised some that I wanted to lead a non-profit organization,” said Hope. “Over the past 14 months I’ve come to realize that as much as I fully embrace the mission of the Film Society, my passion is more entrepreneurial. We accomplished a great deal at SFFS over the last year, and the same fantastic team that initially drew me to the Bay Area is still in place to drive the organization well into the future. Vanessa and I plan to stay in the Bay Area and I look forward to staying involved in an advisory role and collaborating with the Film Society in our film-related activities”, Hope said.

“The Film Society has been fortunate to have Ted Hope at its helm”, said SFFS Board President David Winton. “He brought with him a lot of great ideas about expanding our already considerable role in promoting film culture given so much disruptive change in media, and we are grateful for his tenure and guidance. We are happy to have Ted’s continued creative input as he steps into his new role on our Advisory Board. The SFFS Board of Directors is committed to finding a new leader that will continue to work closely with our staff to further the mission of the Film Society and its core programs.