By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 11, 2012 at 3:48AM
Every year the Telluride Film Festival, which takes place in the Colorado Rockies over Labor Day Weekend, picks a guest director to select part of the program. Past guests have included Alexander Payne, John Boorman, Buck Henry, Caetano Veloso, 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. His selections will be kept secret along with the rest of the weekend's lineup, which will be unveiled on Opening Day, August 31, 2012.
Brit Dyer is the author of four novels: "Paris Trance," "The Search," "The Colour of Memory," and "Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi"; two essay collections, "Anglo-English Attitudes" and "Working the Room"; and five genre-defying titles: "But Beautiful," "The Missing of the Somme," "Out of Sheer Rage," "Yoga For People Who Can’t Be Bothered To Do It" and "The Ongoing Moment. A third collection of essays from the last twenty years, "Otherwise Known as the Human Condition," won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism in March 2012.
“I’ve always been a fan of Geoff’s writing,” said Telluride co-director and co-founder Tom Luddy. "He and I were introduced while he was writing his book 'Zona,' an in-depth exploration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s film 'Stalker.' Around that time Sight & Sound asked Geoff what his five favorite books on film were. His top choice was David Thomson’s 'A Biographical Dictionary of Film' in its first edition. The revised second, third, fourth and fifth editions were picks two, three, four and five. His answer convinced me that he and I are on the same wavelength film-wise. 'Zona' is, in my opinion, one of the best books ever written on a single film. I’ve had a wonderful time dialoguing with him about his film selections and know we have another winner in our series of Guest Directors.”
“I'm very conscious of the honour of being the latest in a long line of very distinguished guest directors at a great festival, but I'm even more conscious of the pleasure I'm already having (discovering new films, re-watching old favourites and discovering if they have stood up to the test of time),” said Dyer. “Even more than the honour and the pleasure, though, I'm glad finally to be putting an end to the envy I felt whenever I met people who'd just come back from Telluride and insisted on telling me that they'd had the most wonderful time of their lives. I'm no stranger to having a good time over the Labour Day weekend: I used to go to Burning Man and was quite evangelical about it. I fully expect to be as passionate a convert to Telluride.’”
For the 2013 Telluride Fest, in honor of its 40th Anniversary (August 29 – September 2, 2013), an additional day has been added to the usual impeccably programmed four-day Festival. Passes will be available for purchase as of March 2013.