BREAKING: Veteran indie film producer Ted Hope has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society. He will start the job September 1. It is a surprise move. But Hope will leave New York City, where he was a pillar of the indie film movement through Good Machine, This Is That and Double Hope Films, to lead the Film Society into the future.
Hope succeeds Bingham Ray, who spent 10 months as the San Francisco Film Society’s executive director for only ten weeks before his untimely death during the Sundance Film Festival last January. Ray had just started the effort to reinvigorate the Film Society, bolstering its theatrical programming at SF Film Society Cinema, streamlining its communications and exploring dynamic digital initiatives intended to expand the reach of its film festival programs and educational efforts.
Ray in turn succeeded Graham Leggat, who served as the San Francisco Film Society’s executive director from October 2005 to June 2011 before his death from cancer in August 2011. Leggat oversaw the transformation of the organization from an annual fifteen-day film festival producer into a year-round cultural institution with a national impact, significantly increasing activity in all programmatic areas. The Film Society is 55 years old this year. (more…)