“Time to Choose,” “Amazing Grace” heading to Telluride

The latest doc from Charles Ferguson (pictured) and Sydney Pollack's 1972 Aretha Franklin film are part of the slate for the Telluride Film Festival, while Adam Curtis and Participant Media will be honored with Medallion Awards.
September 3, 2015

The Telluride Film Festival will be welcoming the latest docs from Charles Ferguson (pictured), Davis Guggenheim, Adam Curtis and Kent Jones during its September 4-7 run, as well as the first showing of Sydney Pollack’s Aretha Franklin doc, Amazing Grace.

The slate for the annual film fest, announced on Thursday (September 3), features Ferguson’s climate change doc A Time to Choose, Guggenheim’s He Called Me Malala, Curtis’s Bitter Lake, and Jones’s Cannes hit Hitchcock/Truffaut.

Amazing Grace, originally filmed by Pollack in 1972 but sidelined due to complications syncing the sound and footage, will have its first airing at Telluride – which doesn’t come as much of a surprise given its status at the Toronto International Film Festival as an “international premiere.”

Even though the film is stirring up considerable buzz, as recently as two weeks ago, prior to news of the film’s showing at Telluride being made public, Franklin and her attorney told the Detroit Free Press they may seek an injunction to prevent the film’s release.

“It isn’t that I’m not happy about the film, because I love the film itself,” Franklin told the paper. “It’s just that… well, legally, I really should just not talk about it, because there are problems. If those problems are not cleared up, you could very well see an injunction.”

The slate also includes a world premiere showing of Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog, which will receive a Canadian premiere at TIFF.

Elsewhere in the festival, Adam Curtis will be honored with a Silver Medallion award, given by the festival to honor “an artist’s significant contribution to the world of cinema,” and Participant Media will be the recipient of the Special Medallion Award, presented to “a hero of cinema that preserves, honors and presents great movies.” Jonathan King and Diane Weyermann¬†will be on hand to accept the award prior to a screening of Guggenheim’s He Called Me Malala.

For a look at the full Telluride slate, click here.

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