Telluride Film Festival: Young Russian filmmakers

Telluride Film Festival: Young Russian filmmakers

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Film is a window on the world. The Telluride Film Festival uses the medium to enhance participants worldview, one reason the directors require an artistic as well as a screen presence. In-depth Q & A sessions follow many of the screenings.  Free seminars in town parks  and “Conversations” at the courthouse feature celebrated guests talking about cinema, culture, and the culture of cinema. Programs such as City Lights and the Student Symposium offer high school and college students respectively a weekend of immersion in film and film discussion. Sunday at the Palm provides local teachers with curriculum ideas to incorporate monthly film selections into lesson plans.

In this context, From Russia with Love is not the second film in the James Bond series. From Russia with Love describes a partnership between the Telluride Film Festival and CEC ArtsLink to co-host a group of emerging filmmakers from Russia for a residency that brought them first to Telluride over the long Labor Day festival weekend. Last year, the young Russian directors screened their films at the Telluride Film Festival. This year they came as observers. (New projects will be screened in Boulder, Colorado and New York.) Participants were selected for their cinematic accomplishments in a competitive nomination process.

The screenings and the residency are part of the Open World Cultural Leaders Program, supported by the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress with funding and partnership from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Watch their video to learn what Aleksey Andrianov, Shota Gamisoniya, Natalya Govorina, and Petr Zabelin thought about Telluride and our world-famous Film Festival. Elena Ryabova is the CEC ArtsLink representative with the group and Sergei Vladov is the gifted translator who made it all come together. (Filmed on site at the The Chop House in the New Sheridan Hotel.)

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