Mountainfilm In Telluride Announces 2010 Award Winners
World Premiere of Tom Shadyac’s "I Am", Record Attendance Highlight 32nd Annual Festival
Telluride, Colorado (June 8th, 2010) – Mountainfilm in Telluride enjoyed record attendance this year with more than 15,000 seatings in theaters, up some 25% from 2009. Despite sunshine and warm temperatures, often deterrents to theater-goers, Mountainfilm venues operated at or near capacity throughout the Memorial Day weekend. “We benefited from several factors,” said Mountainfilm Executive Director Peter Kenworthy. “We received very favorable regional press leading up to the event. The weather lured a lot of people within driving range who might otherwise not have come. And, word-of-mouth momentum has been building steadily the past three years.”
The festival operated six theaters this year to handle the demand but the combination of premieres, such as "I Am", and local hits, like "Bag It", consistently drew maximum audiences. "I Am" is an introspective journey that suggests a new way of living our lives by filmmaker Tom Shadyac, who previously has made broad multiplex comedies like "Ace Ventura", "Liar Liar", and "Bruce Almighty". "Bag It", directed by Telluride local Suzan Beraza and featuring local Jeb Berrier, is a sharp-eyed, yet often funny look at the plastic world we live in.
these challenges, they persevere and, to me, that is what Mountainfilm is all about.”
The festival’s grand prize, the Moving Mountains Prize, goes to a non-profit featured in a film and was awarded to Sun Valley Adaptive Sports in connection with the film "Fish Out of Water", directed by Charles Annenberg Weingarten. The short film follows a group of veterans who have been badly injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as they come to terms with their injuries through fly-fishing. After accepting the award, one of the vets, Christian Ellis, an aspiring opera singer, sang for the audience and thanked them for supporting him in his struggle back to normalcy.
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