Thursday, August 31, 2017

Random Fuzzy

They arrived early -- she was already socializing the evening of Aug. 31.   

FTKMF's first screening and Q&A isn't until Saturday, Sept. 2.
Luong Ung has a book signing but it would logically be after FTKMF screens. 

They likely want to catch some of the other noteworthy films.
And meet with actors and directors -- including perhaps Guillermo Del Toro whose The Shape of Water also screens on Sept. 2 after having premiered to raves in Venice.

Of special interest in tomorrow's lineup may be Darkest Hour with Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. Angelina has professed to being an admirer of Churchill and has plans to produce a film titled Churchill and Roosevelt.

Telluride does not have red carpets or photocalls but her hairdresser, Adam Campbell, is in Telluride. FTKMF's campaign begins this weekend with its low-key screening on Saturday morning serving as its North American premiere. It will also screen at 3:45 PM on Saturday and 1 PM on Sunday.  They are expected to make an appearance in all the screenings.  

There are lots of outdoor activities the family can engage in beyond the film fest.
It's a weekend.  Brad is likely off from filming and can join them.
There is notably no obvious security walking near them -- although they must be around.

I appreciate the work of fan sites that search for and post photos on twitter, instagram, etc.  But I think they should give proper credit to the people who actually took the photos and originally posted them.  I think it is improper to repost the photos without attribution and then to watermark them like it was their own. 

-- Fussy

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Telluride Film Festival Program Guide

First They Killed My Father

This film is not just for the cineplexes -- it is for the ages, and for the next generations.  Angelina Jolie and her friend Luong Ung adapt Ung's memoir of a middle-class family fractured by Pol Pot's murderous Khmer Rouge regime.  Jolie's powerful, serious and beautifully realized film does profound honor to everyone involved, the dead and the living.  She scrupulously avoids Holocaust cliches with finely observed and deeply felt details of the horrifying deprivation and degradation. And yet the film is filled with overwhelming grace and spiritual release: the face of each child is captured as a pure treasure, a lotus pond photographed as if it were a holy book.  Another survivor, Rithy Panh, serves as a producer, and his acute poetry and moral sensitivity are felt in every frame.  This story is a rare gift in these times -- in any time.  -- PS* (U.S. - Cambodia, 2017, 136m)

In person: Angelina Jolie, Luong Ung, Sreymoch Sareum, Kimhaj Mun

Includes Q&A

Saturday, Sept. 2, 9:30 A.M. - 12:16 P.M.


*Peter Sellars



This Woman Is the Most Important Hollywood Tastemaker You’ve Never Heard Of

The Telluride Film Festival has become a reliable launching pad for Oscar winners in recent years. That track record is due in large part to the singular tastes of executive director Julie Huntsinger, the most low-key kingmaker in the business.

Rebecca Keegan
August 31, 2017 9:00 am

One of the most influential figures in popular culture works from a modest office above Main Street in a tiny Colorado ski town. There’s a mini fridge stocked with Diet Cokes, a SpongeBob SquarePants toy belonging to her son, and a couple of snoring dachshunds. From this unremarkable space, Telluride Film Festival Executive Director Julie Huntsinger runs an event that shapes industry tastes, anoints careers, and virtually mints Academy Awards.

Since Huntsinger took over the festival in 2007, eight of Oscar’s best-picture winners have screened at Telluride. Last year, four of the nine best-picture nominees screened there, including front-runners Moonlight and La La Land. It’s a remarkable track record of picking winners, but Huntsinger, a former film producer who runs Telluride together with its co-founder, Tom Luddy, says she is uninterested in this statistic. “We. Do. Not. Give. A. Shit,” Huntsinger said, leaning into the phone during an interview in early August. “We react to the movies on gut.”

This year’s festival, which runs September 1-4, will include the first North American screenings of new films by Joe Wright, Scott Cooper, Greta Gerwig, Alexander Payne, Jonathan Dayton, and Valerie Faris. Telluride programs a fraction of the number of movies of that other awards season launchpad, the Toronto International Film Festival, which opens September 8, and the low-key mountain event has no red carpets or photocalls. Telluride’s audiences buy their passes without knowing the slate, and make the inconvenient trek to a box canyon at 8,750 feet based on trust in the organizers’ taste.

Though Luddy is Telluride’s spiritual godfather, it is Huntsinger’s cinephile sensibilities, soft spot for emotional filmmaking, and behind-the-scenes advocacy that shapes the festival and by extension, the culture of cinema. “Julie is Telluride, she is synonymous with Telluride,” said Fox Searchlight president Nancy Utley, whose best-picture winners Birdman, 12 Years a Slave, and Slumdog Millionaire all premiered on Huntsinger’s watch. “She is one of the most influential people in film. She shapes the fall.”

Huntsinger is helping to raise the profile of a generation of filmmakers, most recently Moonlight writer-director Barry Jenkins, who began attending Telluride as a student and was serving popcorn as a concession manager at the festival in 2008 when Huntsinger took an interest in his first movie, the $13,000 Medicine for Melancholy. In 2013, Huntsinger asked Jenkins to interview 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen at that film’s Telluride premiere, an event which ultimately lead to McQueen’s producers, Plan B Entertainment, backing Jenkins’s Moonlight script. “The way Julie asks you to do things sometimes . . . She’s like a coach who knows exactly what you can handle,” Jenkins said. Moonlight, an intimate story of a black boy in Miami coming to terms with his sexuality, had a low profile in the industry—it was the first movie fully financed by upstart distributor A24, and the most famous person in the cast was Mahershala Ali, a TV actor largely unknown to Telluride’s mostly white audiences. Huntsinger programmed Moonlight on the festival’s opening night at the 500-seat Chuck Jones Cinema, a premium slot which helped put the movie squarely in the sights of film critics and Academy members. Moonlight would go on to earn eight Oscar nominations and win best picture. Jenkins, who is now working on high-profile adaptations of books by James Baldwin and Colson Whitehead, will return to Telluride this year as its short-film programmer.

Among film industry tastemakers, Huntsinger is the rare woman—the Cannes, Toronto, and Sundance Film Festivals are run by men. Most film critics and 76 percent of the film Academy are also male. “I look at the lists of which people from which festivals need to watch my movie,” said writer-director Greta Gerwig, whose new film, Lady Bird, will screen at Telluride this year. “There are not a lot of women there. That does have an effect. It doesn’t mean Julie automatically likes your movie. It does mean she can look at it with different eyes.”


To refresh, this is what Huntsinger said about FTKMF when they announced this year's lineup:

Asked what might be the biggest surprise for this year’s festival-goers, Huntsinger cites Jolie’s First I Killed My Father, which is based on Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir. “It’s set in Cambodia, nobody speaks English, it is a tremendous accomplishment, a fantastic film.” Huntsinger explains that she watched the film with festival co-director Tom Luddy, “and we were thinking wouldn’t it be so interesting to have people see this film and not tell them who the director is and have their reaction be whatever it would be? I wish so much there was a way that could happen, but it won’t. But I think there will be a lot of emotional reactions to this stunning achievement.”

“Angelina Jolie knocks it out of the park,” Huntsinger says of “First They Killed My Father,” the actress-director’s fourth directorial effort. “She tells this story with stunning sensitivity and beauty.

and this is what Ted Sarandos said to indiwire

Director Angelina Jolie, on the other hand, came to Netflix to pitch arthouse Cambodian-language drama “First They Killed My Father,” which is now heading for fall film festivals. “She had a very specific view of the story she wanted to tell,” said Sarandos. “It’s very traditional. It’s just as resource-intense to make a small film as a big film, where there isn’t much infrastructure in Cambodia. It would have been difficult to get made anywhere, with all local talent. It all pays off on the screen.”

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  1. Here are the fall festival movie premieres that Oscar voters will be watching

    ‘First They Killed My Father’
    Story: Angelina Jolie co-wrote and directed this adaptation of Loung Ung’s memoir about her terrifying childhood in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime.

    Pedigree: Jolie’s directorial work has won a fair amount of respect from critics.

    Best case: Strong reviews compel voters and viewers to stream the movie on Netflix later this month.

    Worst case: The movie suffers a similar indifferent fate as another tough-minded Netflix release, “Beasts of No Nation.”

  2. lenabean‏ @lena_734 20h20 hours ago
    Angelina Jolie is allegedly in Telluride for the film festival. If I see her I'm going to tell her how much I admire her diplomatic work.

  3. adamcampbellhair
    Oh hello... elevation 10,500 ft.

  4. Gregory Ellwood‏ @TheGregoryE 5m 5 minutes ago
    About to see Downsizing. Emma Stone and Angelina in the audience. #telluride

  5. Lynn Bee ��‏ @lynnlovestennis

    Lynn Bee ��‏ @lynnlovestennis 16m16 minutes ago
    Telluride Panel: Real Life Wonder Women w
    Billie Jean King, Angelina Jolie, Alice Waters & Natalie Portman

    #telluridefilmfestival #tff44 ��

  6. Lynn Bee ��‏ @lynnlovestennis 16m16 minutes ago
    Telluride Panel: Real Life Wonder Women w Billie Jean King, Angelina Jolie, Alice Waters & Natalie Portman #telluridefilmfestival #tff44 ��

    The Oscar Predictor‏ @OscarPredictor 24h24 hours ago
    #TellurideFilmFestival FRIDAY:
    Lady Bird: 8
    Fantastic Woman: 5pm
    Darkest Hour: 6:30
    Film Stars: 7pm
    Downsizing: 8:45pm
    Lean on Pete: 9:30 pm