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Lights, Camera, Action: Telluride Film Festival Has Arrived

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Town is abuzz.  The elementary school gymnasium and hockey rink have been transformed into state-of-the-art movie theatres. Show signs glow brightly throughout town and sleeping bags and lawn chairs cover every inch of grass in Elks Park (an open air cinema) once the sun goes down. These are all signs that the Telluride Film Festival has arrived.

Now in its 42nd year, the Telluride Film Festival continues to draw a loyal following of cinephiles who truly appreciate the intimacy of a festival that focuses on the art of film. While attendees will not see glammed up stars striking a pose in beautiful gowns on the red carpet, they can often find them steps away enjoying a latte at a local coffee shop or casually discussing their latest film at one of the many free panel discussions in Elks Park. The Telluride Film Festival is different-laid back and intimate.

The long standing tradition of keeping the line up a secret until the day before the Festival creates quite a buzz about what films will show and of course what stars will be in town to represent their latest work. The line-up was officially announced yesterday prompting a multitude of excited conversations “Will Johnny Depp be here For “Black Mass”?” Will Kate Winslet make an appearance for her role in “Steve Jobs”? What about Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton  for “Spotlight”?” “Has anyone seen Meryl Streep?”

No doubt, there will be some amazing films in the line-up. In fact, many films that have made their North American premiers in Telluride have gone on to win ‘Best Picture’ including “Birdman, “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “Juno,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire”.

There will be quite a few celebrities in town this weekend but they are difficult to spot as they blend into the crowd and enjoy being a “regular” person for a few days. Drink lots of latte’s this weekend as you never know who you will bump into while standing in line at the coffee shop. 

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