40TH TFF POSTER/ARTIST REVEALED
Like the other journalists on the Telluride Film Festival mailing list, I got word late last week that a poster artist had been selected and the poster for TFF #40 had been unveiled. I have included the poster image and the accompanying news release from TFF P.R. head Shannon Goodwin Mitchell:
TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES DEAN TAVOULARIS
AS 40th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL POSTER ARTIST
May 30, 2013
BERKELEY, CA – 40th Telluride Film Festival (August 29 – September 2, 2013), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., proudly announces Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis as its 2013 poster artist. Tavoularis will attend the 40th Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend to present his poster design to the public and hold a poster signing for festival guests.
As a student, Dean Tavoularis studied painting and architecture at different art schools and went on to work at Disney Studios as an in-betweener in the animation department where he worked on the 1955 film “Lady and the Tramp.” He then transitioned to the live-action department where he worked on the 1954 film “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” His career as a production designer began in 1967 when filmmaker Arthur Penn asked him to lead the artistic direction for “Bonny And Clyde.” Three years later, he and Penn teamed up again on “Little Big Man.” He began working with Francis Ford Coppola in 1972 on “The Godfather”, which was the beginning of much collaboration including the latter two films in “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now.”
Tavoularis has spent the last ten years focusing on his work as a painter. His return to film came in 2012 when he was the production designer on Roman Polanski’s “Carnage.” He has worked on over thirty films spanning four decades, landing five Academy-Award nominations and one win for “The Godfather Part II.” Tavoularis lives in Paris and Los Angeles with his wife, actress Aurore Clément.
“We are thrilled Dean agreed to do the poster art for the 40th anniversary,” said Executive Director Julie Huntsinger. “The 40th edition will be a remarkable celebration of TFF’s past and present, and Dean’s work with Telluride is a wonderful parallel. He was a part of Telluride in its very early years when he designed a poster for a TFF celebration called the ‘Spirit of Zoetrope.’ We are excited to have him back and to present his vision for this special year. ”
Tavoularis remarks, “When I was asked by Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger if I would design the poster for the 40th Telluride Film Festival, I was first flattered and then thoughtful of being part of the Telluride film history. In my own way I pondered Telluride’s past and in fact all film festivals. Like the word implies, a festival is a fair; people gathering to show their films. It just as well could be their tomatoes. It’s an exchange. I wanted a poster that was simple and joyful, that looked homemade with pure colors in shapes that symbolize a 1:85 screen and an audience. One cannot exist without the other. I am very happy to be a small part of Telluride’s history.”
Dean Tavoularis joins a prestigious list of artists who have shared their talents with Telluride Film Festival. Past poster artists include Ed Ruscha, John Mansfield, Julian Schnabel, Dottie Attie, Doug and Mike Starn, David Lance Goines, Chuck Jones, David Salle, Alexis Smith, Jim Dine, Seymour Chwast, Frederic Amat, Francesco Clemente, Dave McKean, Gary Larson, Chip Kidd, John Canemaker, Mark Stock, Laurie Anderson, William Wegman, Ralph Eggleston, Maira Kalman and Dave Eggers.
To view and download the 40th Telluride Film Festival poster art, visit: http://we.tl/l0OjjbIQN7
40th Telluride Film Festival posters will be available for purchase throughout the five-day Festival or by visiting the TFF website atwww.telluridefilmfestival.org.
40th Telluride Film Festival passes are now available at www.telluridefilmfestival.org.
40th Anniversary of the Telluride Film Festival
Telluride Film Festival is celebrating its 40th Anniversary August 29 – September 2, 2013. To commemorate this special occasion an additional day has been added to the usual four-day Festival, making room for a five-day bounty of special programming and festivities. Passes are now available for purchase atwww.telluridefilmfestival.org.
About Telluride Film Festival
The prestigious Telluride Film Festival ranks among the world’s best film festivals and is an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. TFF is considered a major launching ground for the fall season’s most talked-about films. Founded in 1974, Telluride Film Festival, presented in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado, is a four-day international educational event celebrating the art of film. Telluride Film Festival’s long-standing commitment is to join filmmakers and film connoisseurs together to experience great cinema. The exciting schedule, kept secret until Opening Day, consists of over two dozen filmmakers presenting their newest works, special Guest Director programs, three major Tributes to guest artists, special events and remarkable treasures from the past. Telluride Film Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit educational program. Festival headquarters are in Berkeley, CA.
About Our Sponsors
Telluride Film Festival is supported by Land Rover North America, Turner Classic Movies, Ernst & Young, Film Finances, Audible.com, Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association, Universal Studios, Meyer Sound, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Américas Film Conservancy, Telluride Foundation, Pine Ridge Vineyards, The London Hotel Group, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Dolby, Telluride Alpine Lodging, Crumpler, ShopKeep POS, The Hollywood Reporter, Boston Light and Sound, among others.
THE "ZOG" IS ON TRACK
If you've been reading this blog for the past 9 months, you know that there is a plan to add a new, large venue for TFF #40. The new facility will be in Town Park and, for the festival, will be named the Werner Herzog Theater (or "The Zog"...well, that's what I'm calling it. We'll see if that nickname catches on). The Watch newspaper in Telluride reported this week that the process is humming right along:
PAYNE TALKS NEBRASKA
Telluride regular and former Guest Director Alexander Payne was in Cannes last month with his new film "Nebraska" in competition. The films lead,Bruce Dern, was named Best Actor. I think "Nebraska" is very likely to be a part of the Telluride slate and that Dern is a serious candidate for Oscar consideration (and maybe a TFF tribute?).
Payne talked about "Nebraska" at a press conference that immediately followed the press screening of the film in Cannes last week. Nigel M. Smith of IndieWire filed this post:
Today marks the return of 6 times a week posting for MTFB/FAC. I'll be putting something up Mondays through Saturdays starting today and right through to the end of TFF #40.
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