Telluride biz role for Huntsinger

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Julie Huntsinger has been named managing director of the Telluride Film Festival.

Working alongside co-directors Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer, Huntsinger will develop and manage all aspects of the festival's business administration including budget, corporate accounting, legal affairs and personnel.

"Despite my long involvement with the festival as a resident curator, taking on the co-director position seemed daunting," said Meyer, who will be overseeing his first fest in his new role as co-director. "After Julie joined us, my fears were alleviated and I knew the team was complete. She really understands what it takes to run this festival and make it special."

Huntsinger began her career in the film business in 1993 when she joined Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope as Telluride Film Festival founder and Zoetrope producer Luddy's assistant. Five years later, she co-produced her first film for Luddy and Zoetrope's Chrome Dragon Films.

Huntsinger has worked on such motion pictures as "Vertical Limit," "Beyond Borders" and "Racing Stripes." She served as associate producer on "P.S., I Love You," starring Hilary Swank, which is slated for release this year from Warner Bros. Pictures.

The festival runs Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Telluride, Colo.
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