Thursday, June 19, 2014

We Have Guest Directors-Plural/Great TFF Films I Saw, Just NOT at TFF: Part 4

Good Thursday Everyone...The Telluride Film Festival announced yesterday that...


                                 Guy Maddin Kim Morgan Telluride
Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan via Variety

From the TFF Press Release...

BERKELEY, CA – Telluride Film Festival, presented by National Film Preserve LTD., is thrilled to announce its 2014 Guest Directors, Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan. The husband and wife team is set to select a series of films to present at the 41st Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, August 29 – September 1, 2014. The Guest Director program is sponsored by
 Festival organizers annually select one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest Director serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to Telluride. In keeping with Telluride Film Festival tradition, Maddin and Morgan’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup will be kept secret and unveiled on Opening Day, August 29, 2014.
 “Guy and Kim have long been a part of Telluride,” said Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger. “There was no question that they were the perfect choice for this year’s Festival. Their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination – our audience will benefit from that when their selections are unveiled at the Festival!”
 Guy Maddin is an installation artist, writer and filmmaker, the director of ten feature-length movies, including My Winnipeg (2007), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), and innumerable shorts. He has also mounted around the world over seventy performances of his films featuring live elements – orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration.
 Twice he has won America's National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Experimental Film, with Archangel (1991) and The Heart of the World (2001). He has been bestowed many other awards, including the Telluride Silver Medallion in 1995, San Francisco International Film Festival’s Persistence of Vision Award in 2006, and an Emmy for his ballet film Dracula – Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2002). Maddin is a print journalist and author of three books
Kim Morgan is a film, music and culture writer who has written for Salon, GQ, LA Weekly, Criterion, MSN Movies, Huffington Post, IFC, Entertainment Weekly, The Dissolve, Playboy, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Garage Magazine.
 Morgan has presented movies and moderated interviews for the Los Angeles Film Noir Festival and the Palm Springs Noir Festival. She has guest programmed for TCM and recently presented two films for Telluride Film Festival.
 Morgan has worked with Maddin on several occasions appearing in his short films, or “Hauntings” with Udo Kier. They collaborated together on the short, “Bing & Bela” and their upcoming series “Seances” will move to MOMA in 2014.
 “We are honored and thrilled to be guest directors at Telluride, by far the most concentrated, smartly curated, and enchanting of all the film festivals,” Guy Maddin and Kim Morgan commented jointly. “More than any other festival, Telluride is driven by the sheer love of cinema -- discovering new talents, honoring titans and unearthing neglected masterworks and geniuses. The opportunity to share our favorite films with Telluride and its always-discerning audience is not only exciting but an absorbing, wonderful challenge. There are so many movies we love, and to program a selection of six...  where to begin? We really wanted to show those masterpieces we felt hadn't been revived enough, if ever, and to see them as they were meant to be seen -- on the big screen. We can’t wait to watch!”
 Past Guest Directors include Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante,Peter Sellars, Don DeLillo, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer and Slavoj Zizek.
 41st Festival passes are now available at

Here's a selection of coverage about the announcement:
The Los Angeles Times:
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Awards Daily:
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Continuing this week's listing of great films that played Telluride that I actually caught elsewhere...So far that has included: "Amelie", "Brokeback Mountain", "Sling Blade", "Ed Wood" "Blue Velvet" and "The Straight Story".  Today's addition's are:
Capote (2005) Poster
Another film from 2005: Bennett Miller's "Capote".  2005 was the year before my first foray into the Telluride Film Festival.  Wish I had been there.  "Capote" rightfully won Philip Seymour Hoffman the Oscar for Best Actor.  The film was also nominated for four other Academy Awards.  "Capote announced Miller's arrival in bold terms.  I came to it to see Hoffman's performance.  I stayed with it because it's just a really good film.  
The Lives of Others (2006) Poster
From 2006: "The Lives of Others".  This won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and remains one of the best foreign films I have ever seen.  Terrific work from the lead Ulrich Muhe, who plays an East German officer of the secret police, who finds that he may have a conscience.  It's haunting film making from director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck.

Tomorrow, my two final Great TFF films that I didn't see at Telluride.  

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