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Kim Morgan and Guy Maddin to Bring Cool to Telluride as 2014 Guest Directors

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Writer and artist Kim Morgan and filmmaker Guy Maddin will be a husband and wife programming team as Guest Directors for this year’s Telluride Film Fest.  Their tastes are jointly intriguing, thus their choices should be unpredictable and something to look forward to. Morgan writes brilliant film essays at Sunset Gun, and takes breathtaking photos and self-portraits that she posts on Flickr and occasionally Facebook.  Together with Maddin she is now…

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Telluride Diary Last Day: The Middle Distance

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I had the best night’s sleep of my adult life at a Travel Lodge in Williams, Arizona, which is on East Route 66, exactly half-way from Telluride to Los Angeles. Or so said my good friend Glenn Zoller whose family has a place in Telluride. He told me this while we were watching the Salinger documentary. I’d been to Williams before, Chris Willman is always going on and on about…

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The State of the Race: Telluride and the Best Picture Oscar Race

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Over the past few years, Telluride has become the launching pad for Oscar contenders and winners. You’d probably had to have been watching the race evolve over the past 15 years to understand why. Back before they changed the date for Oscar, roughly 2003, the Oscars were held in March. That meant, awards madness really didn’t start until January or so. Funnily enough, I remember the days when December wasn’t…

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Telluride Review: Salinger

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Who hasn’t been captivated at one time or another by J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, one of the greatest American novels ever written. Probably we shouldn’t need to know much about the genius behind the book because, as the genius himself admits, the work should speak for itself. And indeed, Catcher in the Rye has spoken to many for decades, in ways good and bad. Is it Salinger’s fault…

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Telluride Diary: We All Shine On

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“For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon.” –Yeats “Can I see the stars, Mommy?” A young boy of around five asked his mother on the gondola ride down from the Coen brothers tribute yesterday here in Telluride. “Maybe,” she said, in a patient voice. “If the sky is clear enough tonight.” “See that building with all of the…

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12 years a Slave: Ain’t got time to die

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Steve McQueen’s unflinching, almost surreal look at the evils of slavery inevitably pulls us flush up against today. You can change a lot of things about yourself if you’re a black man. You can be a well-dressed educated family man. You can even be a millionaire or a film director or a famous actor. But the color of your skin remains the same. On some streets in America, in some…

12 Years a Slave: Rapturous reaction in Telluride

12 Years a Slave: Rapturous reaction in Telluride

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Twitter again erupts in praise of another likely masterpiece. Two days ago we got dazzled reaction from Venice festival-goers about Gravity. Tonight, 12 Years a Slave has stunned those in attendance in Telluride. @AwardsDaily Another powerful collaboration for McQueen and Fassbender. They make magic together. #Telluride @MrDanZak 12 YEARS A SLAVE = Masterful rendering of intolerable cruelty Standing O for McQ, Ejiofor, Pitt, Fass & stunning Lupita Nyong’o @csoberanis7 12…

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Quick Take on Jason Reitman’s Moving Labor Day

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The love story is really what drives Jason Reitman’s beautifully rendered film Labor Day, which stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, from the novel by Joyce Maynard. Structure is key to the whys and hows of the plot. It might baffle a few waiting to see the usual formula unfurl. The timeline in this film is especially important, which you will (hopefully) discover when you see it. Don’t go in…

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Telluride Lineup Announced – Gravity, Llewyn Davis, Labor Day

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40th Telluride Film Festival is proud to present the following new feature films to play in its main program, the ‘SHOW’: · ALL IS LOST (d. J.C. Chandor, U.S., 2013) · BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL (d. Philippe Claudel, France, 2013) · BETHLEHEM (d. Yuval Adler, Israel, 2013) · BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR (d. Abdellatif Kechiche, France, 2013) · BURNING BUSH (d. Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic, 2013) · DEATH ROW:…

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Off to Telluride: And So it Begins

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This afternoon I will drive from Los Angeles to Telluride making a few stops along the way. Telluride film festival is set to announce their lineup on Wednesday, the day before the festival begins. It is officially the start of Oscar season, a race that is then shaped and reshaped by the Venice films fest, Toronto and New York. By the time those festivals all end, Best Picture should be…