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This is that corporation
FormerlyThis Is That Productions
IndustryIndependent film
PredecessorsGood Machine
Propaganda Films
Founded2002
FoundersTed Hope
Anthony Bregman
Anne Carey
Diana Victor
Defunct2012
SuccessorDouble Hope Films
Headquarters,
U.S.A.
ProductsMotion pictures
ParentFocus Features (Universal Pictures)
DivisionsLikely Story

This Is That Productions (also known as This is that corporation) was one of the leading independent feature film production companies. Established in 2002, and based in New York City, the company was founded and fully owned by Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Anthony Bregman, and Diana Victor. The four partners previously worked together at the groundbreaking Good Machine, which Ted Hope co-founded in 1991.[1]

The partners at This Is That were responsible for over fifty feature films. In addition to their seven Academy Award nominations their films received eighteen Independent Spirit Award nominations. Three of their films won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Filmmaking

Filmmaking

Filmmaking or film production is the process by which a motion picture is produced. Filmmaking involves a number of complex and discrete stages, starting with an initial story, idea, or commission. It then continues through screenwriting, casting, pre-production, shooting, sound recording, post-production, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and an exhibition. Filmmaking occurs in a variety of economic, social, and political contexts around the world. It uses a variety of technologies and cinematic techniques.

New York City

New York City

New York, often called New York City or NYC, is the most populous city in the United States. With a 2020 population of 8,804,190 distributed over 300.46 square miles (778.2 km2), New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States and more than twice as populous as Los Angeles, the nation's second-largest city. New York City is located at the southern tip of New York State. It constitutes the geographical and demographic center of both the Northeast megalopolis and the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the U.S. by both population and urban area. With over 20.1 million people in its metropolitan statistical area and 23.5 million in its combined statistical area as of 2020, New York is one of the world's most populous megacities, and over 58 million people live within 250 mi (400 km) of the city. New York City is a global cultural, financial, entertainment, and media center with a significant influence on commerce, health care and life sciences, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, dining, art, fashion, and sports. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy, and is sometimes described as the capital of the world.

Ted Hope

Ted Hope

Ted Hope is an American independent film producer based in New York City. He is best known for co-founding the production/sales company Good Machine, where he produced the first films of such notable filmmakers as Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Todd Field, Michel Gondry, Moisés Kaufman, and Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, among others. Hope later co-founded This is That with several associates from Good Machine. He later worked at the San Francisco Film Society and Amazon Studios.

Anne Carey

Anne Carey

Anne Carey is President of Production at Archer Gray, a media production, finance, and venture investment company based in New York City. In her career as an independent producer, Carey has been associated with filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Anton Corbijn, Bill Condon, Todd Field, Greg Mottola, Tamara Jenkins, Alan Ball, Mike Mills and Nicole Holofcener. Carey’s films have been distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, Sony Pictures Classics, Warner Independent Pictures, Focus Features, Miramax and HBO; and her films have played and premiered at major domestic and international film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Good Machine

Good Machine

Good Machine Productions was an American independent film production, film distribution, and foreign sales company started in the early 1990 by its co-founders and producers, Ted Hope and James Schamus. David Linde joined as a partner in the late 1990s and also started the international sales company Good Machine International. They sold the company to Universal Pictures, where it was then merged with USA Films and Universal Focus to create Focus Features. Hope, along with the heads of production development and business affairs then went on to form the independent production company This Is That Productions. Schamus and Linde became co-presidents of Focus Features.

Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival is an annual film festival organized by the Sundance Institute. It is the largest independent film festival in the United States, with more than 46,660 attending in 2016. It takes place each January in Park City, Utah; Salt Lake City, Utah; and at the Sundance Resort, and acts as a showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers. The festival consists of competitive sections for American and international dramatic and documentary films, both feature films and short films, and a group of out-of-competition sections, including NEXT, New Frontier, Spotlight, Midnight, Sundance Kids, From the Collection, Premieres, and Documentary Premieres.

History

In 1981, Hope and Carey met on their first day as undergrad transfer student's to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; Carey later came on board Good Machine. In 1999, Diana Victor came to run Business Affairs at Good Machine; she has worked with Hope & Carey ever since. When Good Machine was sold to Universal, they formed This Is That together.[1]

This Is That's initial production was 21 Grams directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga. The film stars Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio del Toro.

This Is That's second year brought Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Michel Gondry, and starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet; The Door in the Floor, based on a novel by John Irving, written for the screen and directed by Tod Williams, and starring Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger; and John Waters' A Dirty Shame, produced along with Killer Films.

This Is That's production of Mike Mills' Thumbsucker premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. Lou Taylor Pucci was awarded the Special Jury Prize at both festivals for his performance. Another This Is That production in competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival was Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston, which won Best Director for a documentary at the festival.

In 2006, Sony Pictures Classics released This Is That's Nicole Holofcener-directed Friends with Money, starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Joan Cusack. The film, which was the opening night selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, was Sony Pictures Classic's highest grossing film that year. Anthony Bregman left along with a co-worker to start his own production company Likely Story.[2]

2007 was also a busy year for This Is That. The Savages, directed by Tamara Jenkins, and starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Actress and Best Screenplay. Hal Hartley's Fay Grim premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was also featured at the Sundance, Berlin, London and San Sebastian film festivals. The film stars Parker Posey and Jeff Goldblum. The Ex, produced with 2929 Entertainment, was written by David Guion & Michael Handelman and directed by Jesse Peretz. The film stars Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin and Mia Farrow. The Hawk Is Dying, starring Paul Giamatti premiered at Sundance and Cannes.

Fall of 2008 kicked off with the release of This Is That's production, Towelhead, Oscar-winner Alan Ball's feature film directorial debut, which premiered at both Toronto and Sundance and stars Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, and Maria Bello. It is the final release by Warner Independent. Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot, written and directed by Tod Harrison Williams and starring Seann William Scott, Gretchen Mol, and Jeff Garlin, was released later that year.

In both 2007 & 2008, the This Is That producer team were named to The Hollywood Reporter's Indie Power List.

This Is That completed production on Adventureland, by writer/director Greg Mottola (Superbad), which stars Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, and Bill Hader. The film, a joint effort for Miramax and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, was released in 2009 and earned award nominations at three festivals.

With at least two films being released each year since their creation in 2004, This Is That also made, in association with Likely Story and This Is That's former partner Anthony Bregman, Carriers, written and directed by brothers Alex and David Pastor, and Sleep Dealer, a Spanish-language science-fiction romance from writer-director Alex Rivera that won the Best Screenplay award at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Closing

The company closed its doors in 2012 after having the No. 1 film at the US box office (The American) and the first film to sell that year at the Toronto International Film Festival (Super).[3]

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Good Machine

Good Machine

Good Machine Productions was an American independent film production, film distribution, and foreign sales company started in the early 1990 by its co-founders and producers, Ted Hope and James Schamus. David Linde joined as a partner in the late 1990s and also started the international sales company Good Machine International. They sold the company to Universal Pictures, where it was then merged with USA Films and Universal Focus to create Focus Features. Hope, along with the heads of production development and business affairs then went on to form the independent production company This Is That Productions. Schamus and Linde became co-presidents of Focus Features.

21 Grams

21 Grams

21 Grams is a 2003 American psychological drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu from a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga, based on a story by Arriaga and Iñárritu. The film stars Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston and Benicio Del Toro. The second part of Arriaga's and Iñárritu's "Trilogy of Death", preceded by Amores perros (2000) and followed by Babel (2006), 21 Grams interweaves several plot lines in a nonlinear arrangement.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu is a Mexican filmmaker. He is primarily known for making modern psychological drama films about the human condition. His projects have garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades including four Academy Awards with a Special Achievement Award, three Golden Globe Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Directors Guild of America Awards. His most notable films include Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), Babel (2006), Biutiful (2010), Birdman (2014), The Revenant (2015), and Bardo (2022).

Benicio del Toro

Benicio del Toro

Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez is a Puerto Rican actor and producer. He has garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Silver Bear for his portrayal of the jaded but morally upright police officer Javier Rodriguez in the film Traffic (2000). Del Toro's performance as ex-con turned religious fanatic in despair Jack Jordan, in Alejandro González Iñárritu's 21 Grams (2003), earned him a second nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Charlie Kaufman

Charlie Kaufman

Charles Stuart Kaufman is an American filmmaker and novelist. He wrote the films Being John Malkovich (1999), Adaptation (2002), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). He directed the films Synecdoche, New York (2008), Anomalisa (2015), and I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020). In 2020, Kaufman made his literary debut with the release of his first novel, Antkind.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

James Eugene Carrey is a Canadian and American actor, comedian and artist. Known for his energetic slapstick performances, Carrey first gained recognition in 1990, after landing a role in the American sketch comedy television series In Living Color (1990–1994). He broke out as a star in motion pictures with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask and Dumb and Dumber. This was followed up with Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Batman Forever and Liar Liar (1997).

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Kate Elizabeth Winslet is an English actress. Known for her work in independent films, particularly period dramas, and for her portrayals of headstrong and complicated women, she has received numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards. Time magazine named Winslet one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2009 and 2021. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2012.

John Irving

John Irving

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Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Jeffrey Leon Bridges is an American actor. Known for his leading man roles in film and television, he has received various accolades throughout his career spanning over seven decades, including an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2019, and the Critics Choice Lifetime Achievement Award in 2023.

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger

Kimila Ann Basinger is an American actress and former fashion model. She has garnered acclaim for her work in film and television, for which she has received various accolades including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame is a 2004 American satirical sex comedy film written and directed by John Waters and starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, and Chris Isaak.

Staff

  • Anne Carey, producer
  • Ted Hope, producer
  • Diana Victor, Head of Business Affairs
  • Shani Geva, Creative Executive
  • Josh Stern, Creative Executive

Filmography

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Collaborator (film)

Collaborator (film)

Collaborator is a 2011 American drama film written and directed by Martin Donovan. The film had its world premiere on July 4, 2011, at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film stars Donovan and the two-time Emmy-nominee David Morse, with Olivia Williams, Melissa Auf der Maur, Katherine Helmond and Eileen Ryan in supporting roles

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American psychological thriller- drama film written and directed by Sean Durkin, and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy. The plot focuses on a young woman suffering from delusions and paranoia after returning to her family from an abusive cult in the Catskill Mountains.

The American (2010 film)

The American (2010 film)

The American is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney, Thekla Reuten, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund, and Paolo Bonacelli. Based on the 1990 novel A Very Private Gentleman by Martin Booth, it was loosely adapted to screenplay by Rowan Joffé. The film was released on September 1, 2010. It received generally positive reviews from critics and grossed $67 million worldwide.

Super (2010 American film)

Super (2010 American film)

Super is a 2010 American black comedy superhero film written and directed by James Gunn and starring Rainn Wilson, Elliot Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion. It tells the story of Frank Darbo, a short-order cook who becomes a superhero without having any superhuman ability, calling himself the "Crimson Bolt". He sets out to rescue his wife Sarah from the hands of a drug dealer.

Carriers (film)

Carriers (film)

Carriers is a 2009 American post-apocalyptic film written and directed by Àlex and David Pastor. It stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, and Emily VanCamp as four survivors of a viral pandemic attempting to stay alive amid the looming threat of becoming infected. Filmed in 2006, it received a limited release in the United States on September 4, 2009, following Pine's breakout performance in Star Trek earlier that year. It received positive reviews from critics and grossed $5.8 million.

Adventureland (film)

Adventureland (film)

Adventureland is a 2009 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Mottola, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart and co-starring Ryan Reynolds, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Martin Starr, and Margarita Levieva. Set in the summer of 1987, recent college grad James Brennan (Eisenberg) is making big plans to tour Europe and attend graduate school in pursuit of a career in journalism. However, financial problems force him to look for a summer job instead of traveling abroad, which places him at Adventureland, a run-down amusement park in western Pennsylvania and loosely based on the "Adventureland" local theme park in Farmingdale, New York. There he meets Emily Lewin (Stewart), a co-worker with whom he develops a quick rapport and relationship.

Sleep Dealer

Sleep Dealer

Sleep Dealer is a 2008 futuristic science fiction film directed by Alex Rivera.

Fay Grim

Fay Grim

Fay Grim is a 2006 espionage thriller film written and directed by Hal Hartley. The film is a sequel to Hartley's 1997 film Henry Fool, and revolves around the title character, played by Parker Posey, the sister of Simon Grim. The plot revolves around Fay's attempt to unravel an increasingly violent mystery in Europe.

Friends with Money

Friends with Money

Friends with Money is a 2006 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. It opened the 2006 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2006, and went into limited release in North America on April 7, 2006.

A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame

A Dirty Shame is a 2004 American satirical sex comedy film written and directed by John Waters and starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, and Chris Isaak.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American science fiction romantic drama film written by Charlie Kaufman, directed by Michel Gondry, and starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet. Pierre Bismuth created the story with Kaufman and Gondry. The film features an ensemble supporting cast that includes Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood, and Tom Wilkinson. The title of the film is a quotation from the 1717 poem Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope. The picture uses elements of psychological drama, science fiction and a nonlinear narrative to explore the nature of memory and romantic love.

21 Grams

21 Grams

21 Grams is a 2003 American psychological drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu from a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga, based on a story by Arriaga and Iñárritu. The film stars Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston and Benicio Del Toro. The second part of Arriaga's and Iñárritu's "Trilogy of Death", preceded by Amores perros (2000) and followed by Babel (2006), 21 Grams interweaves several plot lines in a nonlinear arrangement.

Source: "This Is That Productions", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 5th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_That_Productions.

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References
  1. ^ a b Macaulay, Scott. "Indie Film is Alive," Filmmaker Magazine (Sep. 14, 2017).
  2. ^ "INDUSTRY MOVES: Bregman Leaves This Is That". IndieWire. October 6, 2006. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Pond, Steve. "Ted Hope, Anne Carey Shut Doors, Stay in Business," The Wrap (Sept. 28, 2010).
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