Telluride sets up Backlot for 10 pics

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NEW YORK -- Film lovers trekking to Colorado for the 34th annual Telluride Film Festival next week will discover Backlot, a new screening room for 10 features focusing on known and unknown film personalities.

The venue, located in Telluride's Wilkinson Library, also will display an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exhibit on a legendary director, "Erich von Stroheim: A Life Discovered."

Telluride co-directors Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer created the space to educate festgoers on the past and future of cinema.

"We saw so many wonderful new works exploring the world of film that it seemed perfect to create a festival within the festival that complements the passion for cinema that our filmmakers and audiences bring to Telluride," Luddy said.

The von Stroheim exhibit will feature many items on loan from AMPAS, including the director's family photographs, handwritten documents and correspondence and still photos from all of his films, including some now lost or never completed. Clips from many of his films will be featured.

The exhibit also will be on display at Brigadoon, the festival's hospitality center. Luddy and Meyer worked with AMPAS executive director Bruce Davis to assemble it from the Academy's collection.

A new 10-film Backlot lineup will be selected each year and announced alongside the rest of the slate on Telluride's opening day. This year's fest runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in its traditional Labor Day weekend slot.
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