Festival co-founders Stella and BillPence in 2006.
Gary Meyer and Tom Luddy
Meyer (left) and Luddy now serve as the festival’s co-directors.
Roger Ebert and Peter O'Toole
In 2002, Ebert (left) and O’Toole competitively quoted Yeats.
Francis Ford Coppola
In 1974, four months before his The Godfather: Part II was released, FrancisFordCoppola (center, with beard and glasses) was honored at the first festival as “one of the two or three leading filmmakers of the American Cinema.”
At the fest’s first edition, which screened a restoration of her 1928 film Sadie Thompson, Swanson was the first recipient of the Silver Medallion for lifetime achievement.
Anjelica Huston and Jack Nicholson
AnjelicaHuston and her then boyfriend, JackNicholson, at the festival in 1975, when the actor was lauded for “being perfectly attuned to the mystic vibrations of a particular period.”
JamesStewart, basking in the Rocky Mountain sunshine, called Telluride’s devotion to film “a marvelous thing” when he visited in 1986.
Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep
ClintEastwood joined MerylStreep, who starred in his The Bridges of Madison County, at a mountaintop picnic at the 25th fest when the actress was feted.
Todd McCarthy and George Clooney
McCarthy (right) conducted a conversation with Clooney at the 2011 festival.
Wim Wenders and Werner Herzog
German directors WimWenders (left) and WernerHerzog surveyed the scene in 2011.
Julie Huntsinger and Tom Luddy
Luddy and his current co-directors, GaryMeyer and JulieHuntsinger (left), say that there were at least 20 additional submissions this year that they were forced to reject but would proudly have shown.
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