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Recently Jon Brooks at KQED wrote up a very nice piece on Tom Noonan’s WHAT HAPPENED WAS (1994). That film won multiple awards at Sundance but barely go seen. Unfortunately it does not sleep alone in my bed of barely seen almost-masterpieces. As strong as my track record may be, it still holds some flops, misfires, and damn bad luck experiences. It’s great that Tom’s flick may get some of the love it so richly deserves, albeit twenty years after it’s debut.
In reviewing my book, Nick DeMartino captures a great deal of what I am feeling these days. I think we can move things forward and build it better together. Nick spots how my love of cinema drew us forward and then how that same love drew me away from a focus on project producing.
“At a certain point, living an independent life, you start to recognize how fragile the whole enterprise is. You can’t afford to ignore the big picture. And you can’t do it alone,” writes Hope, as he shifts gears in the final chapters to share the story of how he left New York and hands-on production to focus on that “reboot,” first in an ill-fated stint at the San Francisco Film Society, and now as CEO of Fandor, an indie-focused streaming video-on-demand service, where he’s busy trying to tackle some of the “141 Problems and Opportunities for the Independent Film World,” which is included in this book as an appendix. [...]
I hope film fans everywhere find my book and dig it. It is so hard to get the word out that I am particularly grateful whenever anyone writes something good about the book. Evidently it makes a huge difference when someone posts a five-star Amazon review. Hopefully those of you who read this blog and recognize how much effort has gone into it over the years, might just want to return the favor and post such a review. Or even better yet, start a blog and post the review there too.
This week brought me some pleasure when two friends who have blogs posted their review. [...]
I hope we never run out of things that we get to do for the first time. Even more, I hope each of them is as exciting as this next one will be for me. I have never given a bookstore reading before, but I am going to do one very soon.
That’s why I write now: to invite you to the first bookstore reading of my first book. It will be on Wednesday, August 27th at 730 PM at Books, Inc. in San Francisco at 2275 Market Street.
I must confess: I am a tad nervous. [...]