I’m sitting in the lobby of my hotel, looking out at the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday morning.
I’m here for the 32nd Telluride Film Festival, one of my personal favorites. Telluride is unique in that they don’t announce the line-up of films until the day before the festival starts. As a result, there are very few publicists, agents, and dealmakers; and the contingent of press is small and restrained.
The focus of this festival is on the films and the filmmakers.
Yesterday afternoon, SAGIndie and Kodak hosted our Fourth Annual Filmmakers Reception at Harmon’s Restaurant. For the first time ever we asked an actor to act as guest host for this event. And Liev Schreiber, whose writing/directing debut Everything is Illuminated is premiering here, agreed to fill this spot.
I was also very happy to see that our friends who run the Waterfront Film Festival came to Telluride and joined us at the reception.
This is a great festival for seeing great movies. The first year I came I saw thirteen films in three days. Last night I had hoped to see three films, but only ended up catching one; Hans Canosa’s Conversations with Other Women.
I blame the mojitos they were serving at the Cuban-themed Opening Night Feed.