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Telluride Hum

So, the word up here is that people are a bit disappointed with the list of films up here this year. And all I can say is….
Get Used To It!
We are entering the fall season of films and there will be plenty of quality… but not so much excitement in terms of celebrity or “big” movies. This “problem” is equally evident at Toronto. And it will be an ongoing issue through the entire season.
Here in Telluride, at least before the TBAs start landing, the only films that are high profile enough to get attention from the more casual film lovers are The Diving Bell & The Butterfly, I’m Not There, Into The Wild, and Margot At The Wedding.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that it won’t be a great festival, only that it isn’t a high profile year for indie film. There are also a bunch of films that just aren’t going to show themselves yet, even though they are ready, like Things We Lost In The Fire, American Gangster, and the Venice and NY Film Fest bound The Darjeeling Limited.
Myself, I am looking forward to docs from Barbet Schroeder, Kevin MacDonald, and Werner Herzog, a new film from Anand Tucker, who some people think is a genius, and a wide array of little seen Indian films.
If there is a signature on this year’s fest from the reconfigured/new team, it is a number of Friends Of Telluride films, including Todd McCarthy’s doc on Pierre Rissient, a Norman Lloyd doc, a doc on Peter Sellars, and a worthy, but local guest director in Edith Kramer from Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive.
Things kick off tonight… and away we go…

11 Responses to “Telluride Hum”

  1. Ooooohhhh NOoooo!! No celebrities or big names on hand??!! What an outrage! It’s almost like Telluride wants atendees to see some movies they never heard of and might like! The frigging nerve! What is this, a film festival?? I mean, I’m now even more pleased that I’m not there. If I had gone I might have no one to schmooze and would spend the whole time watching movies. Blech.
    Have fun David! 😉

  2. The Carpetmuncher says:

    Wish I was there…

  3. eugenen says:

    I’m much happier with the list this year than I was last year. This is gonna be fun. If I see you, can I say hi?

  4. Telluride, like practically every film festival, has a bad case of PR-itis. It’s no longer enough to be able to bring a bunch of new titles to film lovers. It has to be a group of high-profile films which will help get the festival more press, and will help draw high-profile names which will help the festival get more press. That’s one of the nice things about CineVegas. It might not have the biggest titles out there on the festival circuit, but it does get a number of World Premieres and North American Premieres of truly independent cinema.
    I only saw four films at CineVegas this year, my first year attending: two were exceptional (The Living Wake and LOOK!), one okay (Choose Connor) and one truly worthless excuse of cinematic waste (Loren Cass), but I wouldn’t have seen them at most other festivals because they all have B-list casts or less and don’t get the panties of the press wet quite like a Maggie Gyllenhaal or a Pamela Anderson.

  5. Dude, THE LIVING WAKE is bar none one of the BEST festival films I’ve EVER seen…and it’s not doing squat. What’s up with that? The film is brilliant and DEMANDS to be seen!
    In fact Edward, I could have wrote what you wrote. CHOOSE CONNOR was *very* good and LOREN CASS pissed me off like no film has before. Annoying, lame, pointless crap. (I was at Cinevegas too…I think we met, no?)

  6. abraham says:

    telluride is a great event. a great networking opportunity. however, with so many new and old festivals taking place in september and october, the hollywood publicity corps are no longer willing to provide their product to telluride as they used to in past years.

  7. abraham says:

    telluride is a great event. a great networking opportunity. however, with so many new and old festivals taking place in september and october, the hollywood publicity corps are no longer willing to provide their product to telluride as they used to in past years.

  8. I don’t know if we met, Petaluma… unless you are either the incredible Andy Klein or the talented Sol Tryon, because those are the only two people I met at CineVegas whom I hadn’t met before.

  9. Hmm….well, we’ll have to meet there next year then.

  10. I’m glad that Kevin Macdonald is back to documentaries. I really loathed The Last King of Scotland, but thought his One Day In September was one of the best films of 1999.

  11. jeffmcm says:

    Agreed on Last King, and I thought Touching the Void was one of the best films of 2003.

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