Telluride Film Fest: The Giveback

Telluride Film Fest: The Giveback

“Woodstock,” (1969)

“Amadeus,” (1994)

“This Is Spinal Tap,” (1985)

“Buena Vista Social Club,” (1999)

And so many more over the years…


No, I have not let the cat out of the bag. Those are not the names of classics to be screened at the 43rd annual Telluride Film Festival.

The above is a list of films scheduled to be screened at Telluride’s five-star Wilkinson Public Library, when the film club, Cinematheque, reopens for the fall/winter season on October 3, 2016.

Cinematheque is a joint venture between the Library, which provides the venue and does the marketing, and the Telluride Film Festival, which provides the programming.

Cinematheque is FREE to all and just one of the many ways Film Fest thanks the Telluride community for its support.

“Music and film are two mediums that have been inextricably intertwined for almost a century. Whether we are conscious of it or not, a soundtrack provides the underlying emotion for the visual feast our eyes absorb from the screen. Inside our brains, the pictorial and the auditory combine to lift our experience into what the famous film composer Bernard Herrmann described as ‘the realm of poetry.’ What better way to explore this joyous phenomenon than to explore the lives and inner workings of the music makers themselves?,” writes Film Fest about the upcoming filmic happening.

How else does the Telluride Film Festival give back to its host community, Telluride?

For one thing, the event makes our home greener. And I do not mean the scenery. I am talking about money in the bank.

The Telluride Film Festival is an economic engine for the Telluride region. Despite its relatively small crowd size, just over 2,000 attendees, the TFF brings in more sales tax revenue to both towns, Telluride and Mountain Village, than any other single event – and it does that with minimal impact. Plus, the TFF pumps over $1 million into the local economy in staff salaries, lodging, food and other expenses.

The Telluride Film Festival enhances the Telluride brand. Film Fest has developed a worldwide reputation resulting in 10os of articles across the country and beyond every year.

Film Fest creates numerous opportunities for nonpassholders to attend the SHOW for free (though generally on a first-come, first-served basis). The short list includes six nights of free films at the Abel Gance Open Air Cinema in Elks Park, 12 different programs at the Backlot (the Wilkinson Public Library, again), seminars, and conversations.

(Go to hospitality, Brigadoon, located at Gondola Plaza or the TFF website for further details.)

And that’s not all. The TFF backs or provides the following community activities:

• Uses local providers to cater all Film Festival food events;

• Produces the After-the-Film-Festival program which affords community members the opportunity to see six of the Festival program films at the Palm Theatre for reduced prices.

• Provides two or more scholarships to allow local students to participate in the TFF’s Student Symposium or City Lights programs;

• Provides an annual $1000 scholarship to a graduating Telluride High School senior;

• Screens two major Festival films for Telluride High School and Telluride Elementary School students, often presented by the filmmakers;

• Outfitted the Palm Theatre with state of the art 35mm projection and sound equipment that was donated to the School District and is available for yearlong use by the community.

• Donates complimentary Festival passes available to local non-profits for their fundraising activities;

• Programs and produces, in cooperation with the Telluride schools and the Telluride Foundation, a series of monthly free films called “Sunday at the Palm,” at The Palm Theatre throughout the school year;

• Has provided thousands of videos and books on film to the “Malcolm Goldie Collection” at the Wilkinson Public Library;

• Works with Telluride TV to provide many hours of free programming of TFF events from over the years;

• Programs and produces the “Telluride Film Festival Presents” monthly art film at the Nugget;

• Allows/facilitates use of Nugget Theatre for many local special events, i.e., Mountainfilm, Jazz, Tech Festival, Brews and Blues, etc;

• Provides, maintains and continually upgrades projection equipment, seats and sound system at the Nugget.

The men (and women) in black all wear white hats.

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