Telluride Film Festival: Documentaries, Shorts And More

[click “Play”, Gary Meyer highlights the documentaries for TFF 2011]


George Harrison
George Harrison

The sun is shining bright yellow and the sky over Telluride is Colorado blue. But this weekend, people who like watching people making well-lit, larger-than-life spectacles of themselves will burrow in dark theaters. This weekend, September 2 – September 5, is the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival.

And it is not just about the full-length features. Documentaries are given equal prominence. Festival attendees applaud the shorts. (The directors and their appendages screen about 1,000 each year to make their picks.) Audiences also love some of the treasured restorations, often set to music.

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“The Bitter Seeds”

In 2010, Errol Morris’ “Tabloid” about the life of “beauty queen” Joyce McKinney, Charles Ferguson’s clear-eyed “Inside Job,” about the causes of the Wall Street meltdown, and our present financial crisis, an Oscar winner, and Shlomi Eldar’s spectacular “A Precious Life,” a story of hope in Israeli/Palestine debacle were among last year’s stand-outs in the documentary category. Will Martin Scorsese’s three-and-a-half hour portrait of the life of George Harrison be the favorite this year? Or are there other contenders among the docs such as the two focussing one environmental challenges: “Bitter Seeds” and “The Island President”?

Click the “play” button to listen to Festival co-director Gary Meyer talk about documentaries, shorts and special programs.

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