Photograph by Theo Sturz
Strategy: Spotlight a recent guest artist for the School of Filmmaking; tie to Amazon Studios connection.
Excerpt: Last fall, students in the UNCSA School of Filmmaking were immersed in two days of workshops, screenings and Q&As with Ted Hope, head of Motion Picture Production at Amazon Studios.
Since joining Amazon in 2015, Hope has set up a diverse slate of films by top indie filmmakers, including Spike Lee’s incendiary “Chi-Raq,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s controversial “The Neon Demon” and Kenneth Lonergan’s poignant drama “Manchester by the Sea,” for which UNCSA Drama alumnus Lucas Hedges received an Academy Award nomination. Together, these films won four Academy Awards in one year for the studio.