Kathleen Kennedy, producer of “Lincoln,” at special Sparky screening of film for Q & A

To date, “Lincoln” has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture, four Screen Actors Guild nominations, including Best Ensemble, and 13 Critics’ Choice nominations for Best Picture, more than any other film in history to honor a chapter in the life of perhaps the best president in America’s history.

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall’s gift to Telluride for the holiday season does not, like so many of the best gifts, come in a small box (say, from Tiffany). Nope, it comes on a  large screen. The Hollywood producers have arranged a special one-night screening of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.”The event takes place Wednesday, January 2, at the Michael D. Palm Theatre. The screening is produced by Sparky Productions.

The ‘SPARKbenefit’ is in aid of the seventh annual Telluride Playwrights Festival. Why a film to support a playwrighting festival? The answer comes down to the screenwriter for “Lincoln”:  Tony Kushner (“Angels in America”) is one of America’s talented and revered award-winning playwrights.

“Lincoln” starts the New Year off on the right foot, because the movie celebrates the highest ideals of mankind, ‘sparky’ animated debate – and that’s what Sparky Productions is all about: fueling edgy conversations. In 2013, Sparky plans to further contribute to the cultural diversity of the Telluride community, hosting films in winter to complement a week of  staged readings and full theatrical productions in summer.

Thursday,  January 10, SparkFILM launches the first in a series of free monthly films, in collaboration with the Wilkinson Public Library, with Hollywood screenwriter Jeffrey Price leading the discussions.

The Telluride Playwrights Festival is excited to be part of an inaugural “Week of Theatre in Telluride” this July, along with the Telluride Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park, the town will be able to be immersed in new plays and old.

This year’s Playwrights Festival takes place July 23 – July 28 at the Historic Sheridan Opera House.

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