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Jim Bedford
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 597
From: Telluride, CO, USA (733 mi. WNW of Rockwall, TX but it seems much, much longer)
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 07-19-1999 07:23 PM      Profile for Jim Bedford   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Bedford   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
The Telluride Film Festival is looking for a couple of experienced reel-to-reel projectionists from Sept. 1-7, 1999. Pay is low, but housing, food and transpo (within reason) is provided. It's working with a pretty remarkable team of technicians and staff.

Contact our Technical Director, Jon Busch, at busch@rof.com or call him at 970-925-6431, for more info.


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Ian Price
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Denver, CO
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 07-20-1999 11:23 AM      Profile for Ian Price   Email Ian Price   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I know what you’re thinking. So what is the Telluride Film Festival like?

I have never worked so hard in my life as I have for the Telluride Film Festival. I have never enjoyed work so much as I do at the Festival. Telluride is one of the most beautiful towns in the world, and I have been to a few. The air is pure and sweet at almost 9,000 feet. You get plenty of exercise walking the town. Don’t worry, it is only about 8 blocks long.

There is a gondola that whisks you to the Mountain Village where there is a new theatre this year. The theatre is called the Chuck Jones after the creator of the Bugs Bunny cartoons.

Although the equipment isn’t new or state of the art, the festival is. We bring in some of the country’s best cinema technicians. They are the leaders in the industry. Dolby has a large delegation that comes each year. They make sure that Dolby Digital films play in Dolby Digital and that all the sound systems are up to snuff. If you have a technical problem, help is one push of the radio button away. How many of you can say that about your theatres.

There is now 70mm capability in one booth. Mostly 35mm is run, however there will be shows in 16mm and video. Video has become an important media for new filmmakers and experimental filmmakers, so video can’t be ignored. They have run silent speed film (19 frames per second), double system, 3D and there is usually a silent film with an orchestra.

The prints are well inspected before they get to your theatre and then we inspect them in the booth. We always have enough people to start films and do all the technical aspects of the show. There is no automation here. You put on the Show. The support is amazing.

I have made many of my life long friends at the Telluride Film Festival. I have met almost half of my professional contacts in the film industry there as well. The staff is friendly and warm and there are many opportunities to discuss film, the state of the industry, gossip and world affairs. There is a strange phenomenon that happens in Telluride. The outside world doesn’t intrude too much. You usually loose track of the news unless something spectacular happens. The trivialities of life seem to slip away.

Here is your chance to mingle with filmmakers, directors, film critics and the occasional star. I have shaken Gerard Depardu’s hand. He is a lot shorter in person. I stood behind Clint Eastwood in a line. He is as tall as I am; (6’4”) am but not as wide. Jodi Foster kept coming up to me and asking me questions, which I had the answers to. She would leave and everybody would ask me what I thought of Jodi Foster? I never realized who she was, so I didn’t react to her in an unusual way. Billy Bob Thornton was discovered at Telluride, as was Robert Rodriges. We have had Merrill Streep, Lori Anderson and many other big names. They will tell you that the Festival isn’t about big names it’s about film as an art form. But seeing the stars is a perk. I am always in the lift line behind Roger Ebert. I am certain that this makes the lift operators nervous.

The real stars of the festival are our patrons who come to this far away town to spend hours on end watching film. It is great to go out to the lines and talk to them and get their impressions of the films that are shown. They never know what is going to be shown each year. The films are a secret. They come simply on the faith that it will be interesting. You can’t get to Telluride by accident. You come because you’re called to it.

Working Telluride is a challenge and it keeps you sharp. I hope to meet you in Telluride.

Large

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Ky Boyd
Hey I'm #23

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From: Santa Rosa, CA, USA
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 07-21-1999 07:18 PM      Profile for Ky Boyd   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hey Ian, great essay. I think you need to hit up the Telluride Convention and Visitors Bureau for a writers fee. You are giving the town and its festivals great PR. Seriously, both the TFF and Mountain Film sound like wonderful festivals in an ideal setting.

Ky


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Ian Price
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Denver, CO
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 07-21-1999 09:08 PM      Profile for Ian Price   Email Ian Price   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Come and see the Vespucci Freak Show!

There will be terrible freaks of nature. Women will swoon, young girls will faint and boys will cry for their mommies.

Meet Joe Red; Watch in amazement as his four arms move over the projectors. Scream as his very body is sucked into a howling Century JJ.

See the horror of Large; the very ground quakes as he walks. Watch as he squeezes his mighty bulk into the tightest of projection booths.

Watch B. F. Deal as he peddles the generator so the projectors will run. Marvel as he juggles 400 Vespucci Dogs in the air at once, all while feasting on used Xenon bulbs.

Meat Carl Brenkert, resurrected from the dead.

Be amazed after they drink that poison known as Retsina and live (just barely) to tell the tale.

There are many more freaks of nature at the Vespucci Festival, but you will have to pay your ten cents to see them. Only ten cents, to see the weirdest freaks in the cinema world!

Yes indeed, folks! This is the Show of the century. Come and see the end of the millennium in Telluride. If it doesn’t make you want to run out and build a bomb shelter, double your money back.

Copyright Vespucci Pictures 1999.


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Jim Bedford
Jedi Master Film Handler

Posts: 597
From: Telluride, CO, USA (733 mi. WNW of Rockwall, TX but it seems much, much longer)
Registered: Jun 99


 - posted 07-23-1999 04:36 PM      Profile for Jim Bedford   Author's Homepage   Email Jim Bedford   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Lies. All lies.........

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