Tim’s Vermeer (pictured), Jodorowsky’s Dune and The Unknown Known are among the docs chosen to screen at the 40th Telluride Film Festival, alongside a new Death Row production from Werner Herzog.
Herzog’s Death Row: Blaine Milam + Robert Fratta follows on from the director’s previous death row-focused documentary Into the Abyss; and his four-part capital punishment-focused TV series On Death Row, which aired on Investigation Discovery in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the UK.
The screening of the new work comes as Telluride this year opens a new 650-seat venue, the Werner Herzog Theatre, in the Town Park Pavilion. Herzog becomes the fourth filmmaker to be honored by having a theater named after him by the mountain town festival.
Elsewhere in the Telluride line-up, Tim’s Vermeer, from director Teller and producer Penn Jillette, sees Tim Jenison attempting to recreate the work of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer, and previews at the Colorado festival this weekend ahead of its TIFF world premiere next week.
Errol Morris’s The Unknown Known, meanwhile, looks at the life of former U.S. secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, and comes to Telluride just before its September 4 world premiere at the Venice Film Festival next week.
Other docs playing at the Telluride festival include Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune, Mark Cousins’ A Story of Children and Film, and Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden.
The festival runs from August 29 to September 2.