Beverly Hills News
Academy Celebrates Telluride Film Festival
By Chet Kincaid
Aug 28, 2013 - 7:57:08 PM

BEVERLY HILLS—The Telluride Film Festival, which runs from August 29 through September 2, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is helping to celebrate with a handful of special events, including an exhibition highlighting the history of the festival at the Historic Sheridan Opera House.


"The Telluride Film Festival is a showcase for great films and filmmakers, and over its 40 years has figured prominently in the careers of many Academy members. We are excited to celebrate this milestone by preserving the Festival’s history and its far-reaching cultural influence," said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

Past Telluride Film Festival


Recently, the Telluride Film Festival donated all media and all other related material of the festival to the Academy for preservation.


The Academy is utilizing all newly obtained material to create "The Academy Celebrates the Show," which will feature photographs, documents and video footage.


"Alternative Telluride," an accompanying exhibit, will be showcased in the backlot. The exhibition will showcase letters from notable filmmakers who were invited but not able to attend the festival.


"Telluride Film Festival has chosen the Academy as the guardian of its treasured collection so that these important media assets can serve future generations, education and research," commented festival executive director Julie Huntsinger.


The Academy, which has given 11 years of support to the Telluride Film Festival, will present the festival's signature Noon Seminar series and will present these special programs as well:


-A retrospective exhibition featuring 40 years of the Telluride Film Festival


-Clips depicting iconic filmmakers from the Academy’s Telluride Film Festival Special Collection will screen in advance of each festival film program


-Special screenings of Satyajit Ray’s "Mahanagar" (1963) and the 1948 short " Muscle Beach," both preserved by the Academy Film Archive


-Photographic exhibit at the new Werner Herzog Theater includes photographs of Werner Herzog from the Academy’s collection.


"This special exhibition that AMPAS has curated is a wonderful glimpse into the Festival’s past 40 years. We are proud of our long-standing relationship and thank them for their enthusiasm in celebrating this exceptional year and for their generous and continued support," said Julie Huntsinger.


The Telluride Film Festival collection is another valuable piece of art culture that is entering the archives of the Academy.

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