Telluride Film Festival: Guy Maddin, Kim Morgan to Serve as Guest Directors

The experimental filmmaker and his wife, a film writer, will select a series of films to run during the upcoming festival.

Experimental filmmaker Guy Maddin and his wife, film writer Kim Morgan, have been chosen to serve as the guest directors of the Telluride Film Festival, which runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Part of their job involves selecting a series of films to run during the fest.

Maddin, an installation artist, writer and filmmaker, has directed 10 feature-length movies, including My Winnipeg (2007) and The Saddest Music in the World (2003). He has also mounted more than 70 performances of his films featuring live elements such as orchestra, sound effects, singing and narration. He’s a two-time winner of the National Society of Film Critics Award for best experimental film for 1991’s Archangel and 2001’s The Heart of the World. He also received Telluride’s Silver Medallion in 1995.

Morgan is a film, music and culture writer who has written for Salon, GQ, LA Weekly, Criterion, MSN Movies, the Huffington Post, IFC, Entertainment Weekly, The Dissolve, Playboy, The Los Angeles Review of Books and Garage Magazine. She has presented movies and moderated interviews for the Los Angeles Film Noir Festival and the Palm Springs Noir Festival, served as a guest programmer for TCM, and recently presented two films at Telluride.

Morgan and Maddin have worked together on his short films Hauntings, with Udo Kier, and Bing & Bela. Their upcoming series Seances will move to New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 2014.

“Guy and Kim have long been a part of Telluride,” Telluride Film Festival executive director Julie Huntsinger said. “There was no question that they were the perfect choice for this year’s festival. Their energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is a winning combination — our audience will benefit from that when their selections are unveiled at the festival!”

Maddin and Morgan’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup, will announced on the festival’s opening day, Aug. 29.