It’s impossible to see all the films one might like to, and this year my moviegoing was interrupted (happily) by a wedding party one evening and a celebration on closing night for the festival’s unsung hero, director of operations Chapin Cutler of Boston Light & Sound. He and his dedicated team of projectionists and sound experts transform a junior high school gymnasium into a world-class movie house called The Galaxy, and a modern conference center into the whimsically decorated Chuck Jones Cinema. Still, I got in a fair number of screenings and special events.
Legendary cartoon director Jones was a familiar presence at Telluride in his later years and even designed several festival posters, so it was only fitting that the festival mark his centennial year. His daughter Linda was present to celebrate her father’s life, and I was pleased to conduct a casual conversation with her and two talented young animators (Ethan Clarke and Sara Gunnarsdóttir) in the lobby of the theater that bears Chuck’s name.
I also enjoyed interviewing veteran producer-director Roger Corman following a screening of Alex Stapleton’s entertaining 2011 documentary Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel. Corman is as enthusiastic about moviemaking as ever, and the audience relished his colorful stories and observations. (My daughter sat slack-jawed at the opening-day brunch as he and author Salman Rushdie fell into a deep conversation. Corman may have made films like Monster From the Ocean Floor, but he’s a graduate of Stanford University and a highly articulate fellow.)
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