Telluride to honor film critic

Manny Farber to be subject of three-part program

The 36th Telluride Film Festival is joining with the National Film Preserve and the Library of America to pay tribute to artist-film critic Manny Farber with a three-part program, "The Celebration of Manny Farber."

Farber's wife and collaborator Patricia Patterson and book editor Robert Polito will remember the influential critic, who died Aug. 18, at a book signing celebrating the September publication of the Library of America's "Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber."

The weekend will include a panel discussion on Farber's life and contribution to film criticism, with participants Jean-Pierre Gorin, Kent Jones, Greil Marcus, David Thomson and Robert Walsh joining Patterson and Polito.

The fest also will screen one of Farber's favorite films, which will be announced when the rest of the fest schedule is revealed Sept. 4, the fest's opening day.

Farber, who began his career in the 1940s writing art and film criticism for the New Republic and the Nation, had his first group exhibition as an artist in 1945, followed by his first solo exhibition in 1957.

During his life, he contributed to several publications, and his writing appeared in various compilations, most notably "Negative Space," first published in 1971.

Said Telluride Film Festival co-director Gary Meyer: "As I was finishing college in the early 1970s, film criticism was everywhere, some better than most of it. When 'Negative Space' was published, I knew I'd found a book I would return to often to find inspiration for my film programming. Manny's ideas have never failed to stimulate our thinking about the possibilities of the medium."

Added co-director Tom Luddy: "Manny Farber was a great friend and inspiration to me. I treasure my many memories of Manny and consider him one of the great American writers of the 20th Century as well as one of the finest painters of his era."

The Telluride fest runs through Sept. 7.
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