• Between the Covers: Ken Burns & Friends at 2014 Film Fest Sidewalk Signings

    14 hours ago.

    Ken Burns is one of Telluride’s favorite sons, since 1985 a regular at the Telluride Film Festival (August 29 – September 1), where is he also a board member.   In truth, the iconic filmmaker has a 20+year relationship with the…

  • Telluride vs. Toronto: The Battle for Oscar Supremacy

    Yesterday

    For months now, the kerfuffle between the Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto Film Festival has filled the airwaves and social media outlets. With Labor Day weekend around the corner speculation about which films will screen at our notoriously close-mouthed…

  • A Few Ways the Telluride Film Fest Thanks the Community

    2 days ago.

    Many years ago, Telluride Film Festival director and co-founder Bill Pence proclaimed his on-going allegiance to the town. “There would be no Telluride Film Festival without Telluride,” he said, “We try to thank the community in ways that count.” Pence’s…

  • Telluride Film Festival 2014: No Pass? Don't Pass

    2 days ago.

    “No matter what kind of year I have had, if I come to Telluride, it’s been a good year,” Werner Herzog, honored by Film Fest’s newest venue Lights! Camera! Action! The 41st annual Telluride Film Festival officially begins with the…

  • Telluride vs. Toronto: The Battle for Oscar Supremacy

    6 days ago.

    Justin Chang, Chief Film Critic at Variety, weighs in on how "Toronto's divisive new strategy has put Telluride on the defensive as the 2014 fall Film Festival season gets underway."  Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new.…

  • Telluride Film Festival: Why So Influential?

    1 week ago.

    Mushroom Festival has come and gone– just behind the imminent flowering of the local mycelia. Now we are heading for the finish line, the apex of the summer season, the Telluride Film Festival, August 29 – September 1. It is easy to lose the…

  • Telluride Museum: “An Evening with Ken Burns”

    1 week ago.

    “(Ken) Burns is not only the greatest documentarian of the day, but also the most influential filmmaker period. That includes feature filmmakers like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. I say that because Burns not only turned millions of persons onto…

  • EatDrinkFilms!: Gary Meyer on Roger Ebert

    3 weeks ago.

    EatDrinkFilms! is a wonderful e-zine I recently discovered thanks to Gary Meyer, yes, the very same who was co-director of the Telluride Film Festival (this year, August 29 - September 1) and is now serving as the event’s Senior Curator. The 15th issue, for example, includes a…

  • The Reign Of 'Purple Rain'

    4 weeks ago.

    30 years ago this weekend, Black music merged into the world of "Rock" thanks to the amazing talent and showmanship of Prince. Prince's semi-autobiographical film, Purple Rain, hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend. Many people went to see it multiple…

  • “The Girls in the Band”: Screening Benefits Resource Center

    1 month ago.

    “It’s a cultural travesty that the women of early jazz...have become a neglected footnote in music history, but Judy Chaikin’s well-researched, buoyantly entertaining documentary portrait could be the corrective,” Aaron Hillis, The Village Voice Until August 26, 1920, women in…

  • Unpublished Photos of Hanna-Barbera Making ‘The Flintstones’

    1 month ago.

    If you're a "Flintstones" fan you're going to love this post by Amid Amidi, the Owner, Publisher and Editer of Cartoon Brew: In November 1960, LIFE magazine published an article about the breakout success of Hanna-Barbera’s seminal primetime animated series…

  • Werner Herzog Talks About His Latest Film: ‘Queen Of The Desert’

    1 month ago.

    Here's several excerpts from an article in The Playlist about Werner Herzog's latest film, "Queen of The Desert."  A film that just might premier at this year's Telluride Film Festival. German filmmaker Werner Herzog is on the brain today. The…

  • The Fall Festival 50: Our Wishlist For The Venice, Telluride And Toronto Film Festivals

    1 month ago.

      The Playlist staff has compiled a list of 50 new films that may appear in this Fall's film festival circuit, including the Telluride Film Festival (TIFF).  In addition to a synopsis of each film, the likelihood of the film…

  • Nat Hentoff Is the Subject of David L. Lewis’s Documentary

    2 months ago.

    New York Times writer, Larry Rohter, offers up an exellent article about 89 year old Nat Hentoff, the subject of a new Documentary Film by David L. Lewis. Early in “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” a documentary about…

  • Telluride Film Festival Names Guy Maddin, Kim Morgan Guest Directors

    2 months ago.

    Rebecca Keegan, a staff writer covering film at the Los Angeles Times, has reported on the Telluride Film Festival's selection for Guest Director for 2014. It's a job sort of like picking the wine for a table of sommeliers. Canadian…

  • Film Critic Kenneth Turan Picks 54 Films That Are 'Not To Be Missed'

    2 months ago.

    If you're a film buff, like me, you'll love the podcast and article  that the NPR Staff put together with film critic Kenneth Turan. You normally hear Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan reviewing new movies,…