Telluride announces 40th anniversary festival celebration and creation of new venue
This September I'll be off to the mountains of Colorado for my fifth trip to the Telluride Film Festival. It's been a delightful excursion to start every season over that spread, though even in that short amount of time the crunch of other outlets descending on the space for an early look at potential awards players has been felt (and even I started going at a time when that escalation was already on the rise).
Excitement will be as high as ever this year as the festival celebrates its 40th anniversary with an extra day added to the long Labor Day weekend festivities. Not only that, but a new venue has been announced bearing the name of the fest's most famous regular, director Werner Herzog.
"The Werner Herzog Theatre will be situated in Telluride’s Town Park Pavilion and become the Festival’s most technologically advanced theatre accommodating 650 pass holders," the press release states. The fest will not, however, be expanding its 2013 pass holder base in order to keep value placed on its intimate, relaxed atmosphere.
“The 40th celebration is our chance to thank and honor the founders, filmmakers and audience who have helped us create such a beloved cultural institution,” blurbs Telluride Film Festival Executive Director Julie Huntsinger in the release. “We are inspired every day by the cinematic genius that surrounds us and look forward to sharing the best of that on this very special occasion.”
Four of the last five Best Picture winners have had their North American premiere at the festival, though films like "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech" and "Argo" were screened as "Sneak Previews," given their "official" bow at the Toronto Film Festival in the weeks following Telluride. The last two years have seemed like a bit of a slight recoil back to its former identity, perhaps as a response to increased media interest in such early looks. "Argo" was the only Sneak Preview last year after a couple of years particularly well-positioned by Fox Searchlight Pictures to include the likes of "Black Swan," "127 Hours" and "The Descendants."
The 40th annual Telluride Film Festival runs August 29 - September 2 and In Contention will once again be covering from the scene. Passes go on sale tomorrow and can be purchased at www.telluridefilmfestival.org/passes.
2012 | Comedy | PG-13Summary: A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.Director: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Cast: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Lucy DeVito, Aya Cash
2013 | Drama | NRSummary: A new crew of gangsters takes hold of Birmingham, England in the days after World War II, before expanding to London. Season Two guest-stars Tom Hardy.Director: Steven Knight
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy
1956 | Musical | NRSummary: Musical remake of The Philadelphia Story with a Cole Porter score and a vibrant cast featuring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm, and Bing Crosby.Director: Charles Walters
Cast: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra
1969 | Action | RSummary: Easy Rider is the classic cult film from the 1960s. A road movie that embodies the feeling of being a hippie as two friends head cross-country to Mardi Gras. A controversial period film by Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda with some classic music from a generation of wanderers.Director: Dennis Hopper
Cast: Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Antonio Mendoza, Phil Spector
2004 | Family | NRSummary: Where do childrens’ imaginary friends go when forgotten, cast-off, or told to disappear? To Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, an amazing house for unwanted Imaginary Friends.Director: Craig McCracken, Lauren Faust, Mike Moon (creators)
Cast: Keith Ferguson, Grey Griffin, Sean Marquette
2014 | Thriller | RSummary: A morally unsound but very ambitious man finds himself uniquely at home in the cuthroat world of late-night news video crews.Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1973 | Horror | PGSummary: Spooky haunted house tale in which a team of paranormal investigators attempts to verify the existence of supernatural spirits by spending a week inside a supposedly haunted mansion.Director: John Hough
Cast: Roddy McDowall, Gayle Hunnicutt, Pamela Franklin
2010 | Drama | PG-13Summary: The first film from Selma director Ava DuVernay chronicles a day in the life of a woman whose world is shattered by grief, and sees her trying to find new balance.Director: Ava DuVernay
Cast: Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tracie Thoms, Omari Hardwick
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