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“The Rescue,” “Flee” among docs to screen at Telluride ’21

The 48th edition of the Telluride Film Festival begins on Thursday (Sept. 2), with a varied slate of documentary films set to screen. The annual festival, presented by the National Film ...
September 1, 2021


The 48th edition of the Telluride Film Festival begins on Thursday (Sept. 2), with a varied slate of documentary films set to screen.

The annual festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, will be held in-person in Telluride, Colorado and runs until Sept. 6. TFF will screen more than 80 feature films, short films and revival programs representing 29 countries, along with special artist tributes, conversations, panels, student programs and other festivities.

Backlot, Telluride’s screening room featuring behind-the-scenes movies and portraits of artists, musicians and filmmakers will show a selection of additional programs. Special Screenings will also play throughout the festival including the short documentary film Lead Me Home (d. Jon Shenk, Pedro Kos, U.S., 2021) and El Gran Fellove (d. Matt Dillon, U.S., 2020).

Telluride Film Festival’s shorts program, Filmmakers of Tomorrow, includes three sections: Student Prints, Calling Cards and Great Expectations from 18 emerging filmmakers from around the globe.

Documentaries screening as part of the festival’s main program are below:

The Automat (d. Lisa Hurwitz, U.S., 2021)

Becoming Cousteau  (d. Liz Garbus, U.S., 2021)

Bitterbrush (d. Emelie Mahdavian, U.S., 2021)

Citizen Ashe (d. Sam Pollard, Rex Miller, U.S./U.K., 2021)

Cow (d. Andrea Arnold, U.K., 2021)

Fauci (d. John Hoffman, Janet Tobias, U.S., 2021)

Flee (pictured; d. Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Denmark, 2021)

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (d. Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller, U.S., 2021)

Julia (d. Julie Cohen, Betsy West, U.S., 2021)

Muhammad Ali (d. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2021)

Nuclear Family  (d. Ry Russo-Young, U.S., 2021)

Procession (d. Robert Greene, U.S., 2021)

The Rescue (d. Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, U.S./U.K., 2021)

River (d. Jennifer Peedom, Australia, 2021)

Speer Goes to Hollywood (d. Vanessa Lapa, Israel/Austria/Germany, 2021)

Torn (d. Max Lowe, U.S., 2021)

The Velvet Underground (d. Todd Haynes, U.S., 2021)

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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