Telluride: Rain, Brief Fire Mar A-List's Informal Brunch

telluride patron brunch - H 2015
Scott Feinberg

telluride patron brunch - H 2015

One of the great traditions of the 42-year-old Telluride Film Festival is to gather all of its most prominent guests — filmmakers, journalists and big-ticket spenders — for an informal brunch at a private residence far away from the center of town so that they can all mingle and network.

Unfortunately, the gods seemed to be working against the 2015 edition, which took place on Friday morning at Gray Head, a private residence high in the mountains.

A light, but steady, rain deterred some from attending at all, and motivated others to jump back on a shuttle to town shortly after arriving, as only a fraction of the premises was covered by a tent. Then, to add to the drama, a gas tank beneath one of the grills on which omelets were being cooked apparently exploded, shooting flames high into the air and sending people running in other directions. (It was quickly extinguished by a brave staffer.)

In the 45 minutes or so that I stuck around, a number of notables made appearances, however brief: Carol actress Rooney Mara (who will receive a career tribute later this evening prior to a screening of her film), Spotlight actor Michael Keaton, Steve Jobs writer Aaron Sorkin and Suffragette director Sarah Gavron, as well as festival regulars Alexander Payne, Laura Linney (who met her husband here 11 years ago), Ken Burns, Brad Bird, Bonnie Arnold and Leonard Maltin.

Festival screenings get underway Friday afternoon with the annual Patron Preview — which THR exclusively revealed will be He Named Me Malala — at 2:30 p.m. local time.