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'Salinger' Telluride Press Conference (VIDEO)

Shane Salerno's controversial two-hour "Salinger" documentary, which hits theaters September 6 via the Weinstein Company, debuted at the Telluride Film festival with a surprise Labor Day screening this week--to mixed reviews. The Weinsteins have also added the doc to the Toronto International Film Festival lineup, which means a total of seven films showing there. See the Telluride press conference below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2013 12:06 PM
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Telluride XL Day Four: Mystery Doc 'Galapagos Affair,' Guest Directors Don DeLillo and B. Ruby Rich, 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and More

I started the day with cold leftover coffee and the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction documentary, "Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden," by the celebrated Bay Area documentarians Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller ("Ballets Russes"). I cannot imagine picking up and moving to a deserted island even today, much less in the 1930, when three disparate groups of people fled Europe for life on an uninhabited bay on one of the smallest islands of the Galapagos.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 5, 2013 11:58 AM
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Telluride Tributes the Coen Brothers and T-Bone Burnett, Screens 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Publicity shy writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen came to Telluride for the first time, not only to screen "Inside Llewyn Davis" for festival audiences but to pay tribute to their long-time musical collaborator T-Bone Burnett. "Inside Llewyn Davis" is as pure as the driven snow, much like the title character played by gifted actor/musician Oscar Isaac (who played supporting roles in "Sucker Punch" and "Drive" as Carey Mulligan's husband). Which is to say that the movie is about an artist who can't be anything but himself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 5:31 PM
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Doc Fixer Monroe Explains Writing 'Summit,' 'Sound City,' 'Who is Dayani Cristal?'

Mark Monroe came to this year's Sundance Film Festival as the writer of three distinctly different documentaries--"Sound City," "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and "The Summit" (new trailer below). The writer of Oscar-winning "The Cove" and this year's Oscar-shortlisted "Chasing Ice" is proving to be a valuable asset.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 4, 2013 2:05 PM
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Toronto to Open with Film Tribute to Roger Ebert

This year's TIFF, which kicks off September 5, will open Thursday night with a film tribute to Roger Ebert (1942-2013). Toronto credits Ebert's presigious attendance in helping the festival grow from "a bootstrap operation to the unofficial opener to Academy Awards season."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 4, 2013 2:01 PM
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AFI FEST 2013 Opens with 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Closes with 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' More Early Details

The American Film Institute has announced early details of its AFI FEST 2013 program. The North American Premiere Gala of Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks" will open the festival on Thursday, November 7. The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" will close the festival on November 14.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 9:00 AM
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New York Times Launches First Ever Indie Online Film Festival, Curated by Film Independent (TRAILERS)

Today, the New York Times launches its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. The films are available to watch from September 3 to October 2.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 3, 2013 3:15 PM
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Your Week in Streaming: From Dolan's Punk Spirit to Ruiz's Final Farewell, TIFF Essentials on VOD (TRAILERS)

With the Toronto International Film Festival coming up this month, here are some essential films from the TIFF archives now streaming across VOD platforms.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 2, 2013 4:30 PM
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Telluride Review: 'Salinger' Documentary and Joyce Maynard Reaction (TRAILER)

The doc, which took Salerno ten years, is a thorough portrait of the enigmatic, reclusive author of "The Catcher in the Rye," taking us through his prep school days and early short-story writing--his goal to be published in The New Yorker had to wait until after World War II. He landed in France on D-Day and served 299 days in active combat before V-Day, writing "Catcher in the Rye" by the side of the road when he could. After witnessing the horrors of the holocaust at a concentration camp and doing espionage work in post-war Germany hunting down Nazis, he brought home a Nazi war bride to his Jewish father, but the marriage was annulled after a month.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 2, 2013 4:07 PM
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Telluride Film Festival XL Launches Werner Herzog Theatre, 'Under the Sun,' 'All is Lost'

The Werner Herzog Theater, the brand-new and fabulous tenth venue for the Festival, took the back of my head off. For a girl who bemoans the state of exhibition in the San Francisco Bay Area (don't get me started), it has become increasingly necessary to travel to see movies as they should be shown -- on big, well-lit screens, in a dark room not distractingly illuminated by flashes of light from tiny screens, with crisp, layered sound. (Let's not get into the morass of film projection vs. digital. I'm sympathetic, I love velvety silver nitrate and Technicolor imbibition prints as much if not more than the next geek, but that ship has sailed.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 2, 2013 10:35 AM
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