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Telluride Fest Brody Diary One: What to See

After gawking at the wonders of nature -- the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, the Valley of the Gods, and Monument Valley -- and no moving images, I was more than ready to immerse myself in celluloid once again.  Once I arrived in town, I found myself wishing I’d thrown that Criterion boxed set of Sacha Guitry into my luggage.  I’m not the Telluride regular I wish I was – the person that always seems to be next to me in the line-up that has been to every SHOW since 1974 – but I seem to remember that, even a few years ago, I never knew a thing until the little catalogues were passed out on Friday morning. This year I get the Press Release at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning in my email inbox, and within seconds, it seems, there are links all over Facebook.  I’m overwhelmed by the riches of the line-up. As usual, there are too many films, too little time, even as you imagine seeing everything.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • September 1, 2012 4:29 PM
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Review: Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Is True Tehran Rescue Thriller, Hollywood Parody, and Oscar Contender

Ben Affleck directs this taut and commercial thriller, his third behind the camera, with screw-tightening efficiency that would make Michael Mann proud. Multiple Oscar nominations are in order as this movie surges to the top of the current Oscar contenders list.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2012 7:10 PM
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Documentary 'The Act of Killing' Premieres at Telluride, Screens at Toronto

  • By Maggie Lange and Anne Thompson
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  • August 31, 2012 8:01 AM
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The Telluride Film Festival Debuts Poster Art from Dave Eggers for 39th Edition

The Telluride Film Festival chose Dave Eggers as the poster artist for their 39th edition. The writer-editor-publisher-philanthropist will attend the festival (running August 31-September 3), where a reception will be held in his honor...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 9, 2012 1:32 PM
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Telluride 's 2012 Guest Director is Geoff Dyer

Every year Labor Day Weekend's Telluride Film Festival picks a guest director to select part of the program. Past guests have included Alexander Payne, John Boorman, Buck Henry, Errol Morris, Peter Sellars and Stephen Sondheim. The guest for the 39th Telluride, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is author Geoff Dyer.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2012 3:48 AM
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The 39th Telluride Film Festival Calls for Entries

The Telluride Film Festival (August 31 – September 3, 2012) is calling for entries in all categories including student, short and feature length films. Each year the must-attend four-day Telluride Film Festival plays host to an average of 24 feature films and 25 shorts and student films.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 19, 2012 6:19 PM
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Ex-'Island President" Nasheed Talks Timely Eco Doc': "It's Not Just Us"

One of the surprise hits to come out of Telluride and Toronto (where it won the People’s Choice Documentary Award) was small political doc "The Island President," which takes the drama of climate change to another level.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2012 3:52 PM
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Werner Herzog Talks 'Into the Abyss,' Looks "deep into the heart of ourselves" (video)

Herzog Talks Into the Abyss, Opens DOC NYC, Looks "deep into the heart of ourselves"
One reason that Werner Herzog's docs are so compelling and entertaining is that his powerful personality is all over them, commenting, narrating, querying. Herzog's docs, as lauded as they are, are often overlooked by the Oscar documentary branch, which nominated while Encounters at the End of the World but did not recognize Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss and Cave of Forgotten Dreams (which was not screened in 3-D). (Michael Moore cites these oversights in his successful quest for changing the Academy rules.) "It's not easy to figure out how the system works," says Herzog. "It doesn't give me sleepless nights. This one is more what they think the documentary is supposed to be. It's so straightforward. No radioactive albino crocodiles. No commentary."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 3, 2011 8:18 AM
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Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers

Toronto Wrap: Best of Fest, Oscar Boosts, Winners and Losers
The trick with the fall film festivals is to gauge expectations going in vs. what was actually achieved. Various distributors launched their fall slates, and watched with pleasure or horror at how their movies were received by audiences and critics. Oscar contenders either moved forward in the awards race, or were pushed back. Other indies hoped their films would be picked up by the right distributor in time for this year's Oscar race. Some were, some weren't. It's tough for films that have already debuted at other festivals to pick up new momentum, although the press will bank features for release. The biggest noise goes to the new players, always.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2011 7:04 AM
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Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down

Oscar Talk: Toronto's Impact on Race, Who's Up, Who's Down
In Contention's Kris Tapley and I had plenty to discuss this week as we compared notes on how various awards hopefuls fared at the Toronto Film Festival, which wraps up this weekend. We agree that The Artist and The Descendants came out way ahead.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 16, 2011 4:21 AM
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