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Variety: Oscar Hopefuls Chart the Course With Venice, Telluride and Toronto Bows



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The early awards season landscape is filling out as selections have been made for the Venice and Toronto film festivals, leaving clues for Telluride in their wake (where seven of the last eight best picture winners have screened).

Venice (Aug. 31-Sept. 10) kicked things off with an interesting opening night choice: Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Recent films that have nabbed the slot include Oscar heavyweights like “Gravity” and “Birdman.”

Selections for the festival’s competition lineup were laid out this morning, including Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans,” Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival.”

Earlier in the week, Toronto (Sept. 8-18) announced its first wave of galas and special presentations for the 41st annual event. By parsing language that mostly serves to undercut Telluride (Sept. 2-5) — which keeps its lineup a secret until attendees arrive, and has been a bone of contention for Toronto in recent years — it looks like we can bet on a handful of films dropping at the Colorado cinephile retreat first.

Ben Younger’s “Bleed for This,” Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie” and Benedict Andrews’ “Una” were among the titles designated “Canadian Premieres,” suggesting they will debut in Telluride. “La La Land” was similarly classified, meaning it will make a quick Colorado pit stop en route to Toronto. Venice players “Arrival” and François Ozon’s “Frantz” also appear to be Telluride-bound, though they may wrap up their business on the Lido first, depending on the timing.

Also set for Canadian premieres in Toronto are Pablo Larrain’s “Neruda,” Mia Hansen Love’s “Things to Come” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann,” all of which played Cannes earlier this year and, since they’re not classified as North American premieres in Toronto, look to be a part of the Telluride lineup as well.

Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” is also set for a Canadian premiere, but it already debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Nevertheless, rumors continue to swirl that it will be the rare Sundance exception in Telluride this year.

Other movies that may turn up in Colorado include Cannes carry-overs “I, Daniel Blake” (this year’s Palme d’Or winner), animated contender “The Red Turtle” and the Dardenne brothers’ “The Unknown Girl.” It’s also worth keeping an eye on Berlin bows, like Golden Lion winner “Fire at Sea”; the Telluride slate is always an eclectic mix of international festival gems.

Filmmakers that would have made a lot of sense for a Telluride appearance — Andrea Arnold (“American Honey”), Paul Verhoeven (“Elle”), Jim Jarmusch (“Paterson”), Asgar Farhadi (“The Salesman”) and Werner Herzog (“Salt and Fire”) — appear to be skipping the fest, given their “World” or “North American” premiere designations in Toronto.

Also expected to skip Telluride are Ewan McGregor’s “American Pastoral,” Mick Jackson’s “Denial” and Rob Reiner’s “LBJ,” among others. Focus Features will apparently be bypassing as well, sending “Nocturnal Animals” and Jeff Nichols’ “Loving” straight to Toronto after bowing “Suffragette” there last year.

That leaves a number of spots available for Telluride co-directors Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy to fill, and naturally, plenty of speculating to do as well.

For instance, A24 had a great experience with “Room” at the fest last year. Might they be back with Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight?” The distributor already netted Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women” a world premiere centerpiece selection slot at the New York Film Festival (Oct. 30-Nov. 16), after Ava DuVernay’s documentary “The 13th” was announced as the fest’s opening night pick.

Speaking of which, New York appears to be slowly transitioning out of a period of big, splashy awards season drops like “The Social Network,” “Life of Pi,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips” and “Gone Girl.” It nevertheless remains a viable launching pad for Oscar hopefuls that aren’t quite ready for the Venice-Telluride-Toronto corridor, or just prefer to make their mark away from that fray.

Getting back to Telluride, which sold out passes in record time this year, Warner Bros. has leveraged the fest in the past with films like “Argo,” “Gravity” and “Black Mass.” This year the studio has Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant” slated for the same early-October release granted to “Argo” and “Gravity”; Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” primed for release immediately after the festival concludes; and Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” on the backstretch with an expected December qualifying run. Certainly they’ll come with something.

Hotly anticipated awards season movies like Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” and Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” are not expected to be ready in time.

As of late, the early festival circuit has proven to be of significant importance to films vying for Oscar attention. The last movie to win best picture with a December release and no festival presence was “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. “The Departed” skipped festivals in 2006, but it released in October, giving it plenty of time to establish itself in the race.

“Crash” and “The Hurt Locker” debuted in Toronto and Venice, respectively, the fall before their summer releases, while “No Country for Old Men” and “The Artist” began their journeys in Cannes.

Every other best picture winner from the past decade launched in Venice or Telluride before going on to Toronto. “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “Argo” and “12 Years a Slave” chose Telluride for their coming out party, while “Birdman” and “Spotlight” opted for Venice. The fact that all six — plus “The Artist” — made the trip to Colorado is notable, as Telluride is a tight-knit fest teeming with Academy voters.

Is the 2017 best picture winner listed among the numerous titles above, or will this finally be the year to shake up the status quo with a latter-season thunderbolt?

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Telluride Airport to get commercial flights


It has been 680 days since a commercial airline flew into the Telluride Airport.

But the drought of passenger flights to Telluride is coming to an end. On Tuesday, Colorado Flights Alliance announced that it has completed a deal with Great Lakes Airlines to reinstate year-round commercial air service to the airport beginning Dec. 17.

Great Lakes will partner with United Airlines to book flights to and from Denver International Airport. Matt Skinner, chief operating officer of the alliance, said Great Lakes is planning an average of 10 flights per week: one per day during slower periods and two or more per day during busier times of the year.

“Guests from around the world can once again book flights directly into the Telluride Airport, which sits just 10 minutes from town and the ski slopes,” Skinner said in a news release. “Commercial air service to TEX is hugely important to both visitors and residents alike, and we have been diligently working on its return for the past two years, exploring every possible option.”

Great Lakes served Telluride continually for 17 years, but discontinued its service on Sept. 16, 2014, amid a pilot shortage.

“Ultimately, we are more than pleased to have our original partner, who knows the airport and the operation, back flying here,” Skinner said.

In a follow-up interview Tuesday, Skinner said Great Lakes will be serving the route with its 19-seat Beechcraft 1900 twin-engine turboprop aircraft. The aircraft specializes in airports with short runways.

Colorado Flights Alliance, a regional partnership, actively works to secure commercial air service to Telluride and Montrose. Skinner said more news about increased service to the area will be forthcoming.

“We do have a couple of other announcements coming, some added capacity in Dallas and Phoenix (to Montrose),” he said, saying that specifics will be revealed in the near future when the full 2016-17 winter schedule is released.

As for Great Lakes, Skinner said that flights will be diverted to Montrose when warranted by Telluride’s weather conditions. Previously, Great Lakes diverted its Denver-to-Telluride flights to Durango.

The flights alliance struck its deal with Great Lakes. The airline’s partnership with United Airlines means that flights and their national and international connections can be booked through United’s website. However, the Telluride-Denver route also can be secured through Great Lakes at

“We look forward to the restart of scheduled airline service from our Denver hub in December,” Doug Voss, CEO of Great Lakes, said in the news release. The airline will install advanced avionics, or electronic equipment, into its fleet to improve performance, the press release said.

Tickets for flights between Denver and Telluride will be available for sale sometime in the next few weeks.

Jon Dwight, chairman of the board of the Telluride Regional Airport Authority, said the airport will be ready for action come Dec. 17.

“We’re working with the Transportation Security Administration to get the security system back up,” he said.

Dwight added that the board is excited to have commercial service back at the Telluride airport, describing the announcement as good news both for the community and its visitors.

“Getting commercial service back to the Telluride Airport has been a primary focus of the (board) and management for the past two years,” he said.  “This is what the Telluride community has been looking for, and we are pleased that both Colorado Flights and the Telluride Airport have been able to deliver.”

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Telluride Once-In-A-Lifetime Concerts Just Announced



Steve Gumble, of Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, and Craig Ferguson, of Telluride Bluegrass Festival, have joined together to announce two very special shows from legendary guitarist and songwriter Neil Young in the world famous mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Telluride is one of the most scenic, majestic, and stunningly beautiful music venues in the country.
Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and two-time Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Neil Young will play back-to-back shows September 30th and October 1st on the new state-of-the-art stage in Telluride Town Park. Young will be joined on stage by Promise of the Real for his sets, fronted by Lukas Nelson, son of Willie Nelson.
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Instagram Snapshot: Telluride Ski Resort



The official Instagram site of the Telluride Ski Resort is delivering some beautiful shots of Telluride in the summer. Click here to see more images …

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Sotheby’s International Realty Presents “Houseguest” with Kevin Red Star


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As one of the most acclaimed artists of our time, Kevin Red Star, is a Native American Painter of American Indian Culture. Born and raised on the Crow Indian Nation in Lodge Grass, Montana, Kevin Red Star’s family, heritage and abundance of visual experience serve as his palette. In the first episode of Sotheby’s International Realty® | Houseguest, Kevin Red Star visits a stunning home in Weehawken, New Jersey with almost touchable views of the New York City skyline. Watch how Kevin Red Star is inspired by his new and very different surroundings to create his latest masterpiece.

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Sotheby’s: David Bowie’s Personal Art Collection to Feature in Three Sales

LONDON – This November, Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of which is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.


 Bowie’s famously inquisitive mind also led him to collect Outsider Art, Surrealism and Contemporary African art, as well as pieces by eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group. Bowie’s diverse tastes nurtured his extensive archive of important works from celebrated, and less widely-known, artists.

From 1–10 November, the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London, giving fans, collectors, art lovers and experts a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse themselves in the extraordinary range of objects that informed Bowie’s private world. Ahead of the landmark ten-day event in London, preview exhibitions will be held in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Full details are listed below.

London Highlights Preview Exhibition

20 July–9 August
Exhibition times: 09:00–16:30 (weekdays only)
Sotheby’s 1-2 St George Street, London, W1S 2FE
Open to the public and free of charge

Highlights Preview World Tour:

20–21 September

26–29 September

12–15 October

Times of the World tour exhibitions to be announced shortly.

The Exhibition:

Bowie/Collector: 1–10 November, Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London

The Auctions:

Part I: Modern & Contemporary Art, Evening Auction, 10 November
Part II: Modern & Contemporary Art, Day Auction, 11 November
Part III: Post-Modernist Design: Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, 11 November

Auction and ticketing details will be released in the Autumn.
Keep checking this page for further updates about the sale.
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VIDEO: Tour the stunning Berman Buckskin Ranch, “BBR”


Discover Berman Buckskin Ranch – an exceptional opportunity to create your own legacy on a breathtaking assemblage of over 1,400-acres.



Berman Buckskin Ranch is a truly exceptional opportunity to create your own legacy on a breathtaking assemblage of over 1,400-acres of the finest recreational outdoors in the Rocky Mountains. Located just 13 miles on year-round roads from the legendary resort town of Telluride, this ranch retreat offers its owners miles of trails for hiking, biking & snowmobiling; an intimate log-and-stone Guest Cabin; a world-class sporting clay/shooting course; 32,000 sq ft Equestrian Barn, featuring 21 stalls, with a veterinary facility, game room, stocked trout ponds, flowing waters of Fall Creek & rolling meadows, towering trees & verdant green pastures offer staggering views of the surrounding 14,000 ft peaks of the Wilson Range.

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Just Listed! 222 San Joaquin Road, Telluride, Colorado



Nestled in towering spruce trees directly trailside on the Telluride Ski Resort, this beautifully custom-crafted residence was inspired by traditional Japanese farmhouse architecture, with its signature massive beams, wood joinery, sliding shoji doors and exceptional levels of detail and workmanship. Designed by architect Michael Fuller with interiors by Andrea Jovine, the architecture, detail & finish employ the principles of Feng Shui combined with the timeless craftsmanship of hand tools shaping rare & rugged imported materials. Hand-hewn Fir timbers sourced from a Japanese temple frame awe-inspiring views of the surrounding mountain peaks, while clean interiors lines, created with rich hardwoods, plaster, limestone & quarried rock from China, create a dramatic yet tranquil retreat.

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