Telluride Film Fest Cinematheque Monday November 16

[click “Play” to listen to Susan’s conversation with host Seth Berg]

11-16 TFF Poster final A handshake between the Telluride Film Festival and the Wilkinson Public Library developed into a popular local’s film club, Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque. Last season, Telluride Film Festival director Gary Meyer  based his programming on the theme of the French New Wave. (Not a hairstyle.) This season, the subject is film noir, flicks with chicks who put the mythological sirens to shame and hapless heroes whose lives are one bad hair day.

The next FREE program in the noir genre occurs Monday, November 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. for the pre-SHOW reception. The evening is double-billed as it would have been in the 1940s and 1950s when film noir was in its heyday. First up is Stanley Kubrick thriller “The Killing” (1956, 83 minutes), considered by buffs to be the director’s most perfectly crafted film.

Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) has a plan. After spending five years in Alcatraz, he decides that if he’s going to commit crimes, the reward had better be worth the risk. He masterminds an intricate criminal scheme to steal $2 million from a local racetrack in which “no one will get hurt.” The only fly in the ointment: a cohort’s greedy, shrewish wife and her ruthless boyfriend.  

The second film is “Gun Crazy,” (1949, 86 minutes), directed by Joseph H. Lewis, the very Bonnie and Clydish story of Bart Tare (John Dall), a guy fascinated with guns since his boyhood, and Annie (Peggy Cummins), whose matching love of firearms and desire for a wealthier lifestyle lead them down a road of robbery and violence.

The guest host for the evening is none other than film nerd/Telluride Film Festival host and 2008 Colorado Teacher of the Year Seth Berg, who will introduce the films and lead the discussion. (Seth confesses to having seen 30 movies in a month when he was 19. These days he claims to see that many in a week.) As for his cred as as presenter:

“One winning factor I had going for me is that I am comfortable in the spotlight. And if the Colorado Teacher of the Year were called upon to appear on TV news, or speak to a large audience, I didn’t hesitate and could get straight to my message.Working as a ringmaster for the Film Festival acclimatized me to microphones and big audiences.”

For further information, contact Erika Gordon, 970-626-3137,

To learn more about the program from the horse’s mouth, click the “play” button and listen to Seth’s podcast.

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