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By Film Threat Staff | August 31, 2002

It’s finally here! The Directors of the Telluride Film Festival today announced the program for the 29th celebration of film, opening Friday, August 30, and running through Monday, September 2.
This year, the Festival will pay tribute to the diverse career of filmmaker Paul Schrader (“Taxi Driver”, “American Gigolo”, and “Last Temptation of Christ”). Schrader’s new film, “Autofocus” (World Premiere), which follows television star Bob Crane’s deadly involvement in the underworld of sex, lies and videotape starring Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe, will be shown.
Homage will also be paid to Chuck Jones, legendary Warner Bros. animator, who passed away last February.
Films featured at this year’s festival include:
“Bowling for Columbine” – In the first documentary in 46 years to be selected for competition in Cannes, Michael Moore sets out to investigate why so many Americans own guns and why so many use them on each other.
“Lost in La Mancha” – Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s making-of documentary follows infamous filmmaker Terry Gilliam as he battles against ever increasing odds to reproduce the hallucinatory vision of Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote; the same task once unsuccessfully attempted by Orson Welles.
“Blind Spot” – In this documentary Traudi Junge, Adolf Hitler’s personal secretary from 1942 until 1945, shares her recollections of her experiences with Hitler for the first time.
“Spider” – David Cronenberg’s examination of a man who battles his mental demons as he attempts to interact with fellow occupants of a halfway house, starring Ralph Fiennes.
“Talk to Her” – Pedro Almodovar’s latest enquiry into the laws of desire; this time focusing on masculine romantic and erotic ardor. The blend of comedy, tragedy and coincidence is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s late romances.
“Naqoyqatsi” – Godfrey Reggio’s vision of the effects of humanity’s most expansive and consequential battle—between the natural and the technological—which does not include the utterance of a single word. The score, composed by Philip Glass, includes a performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Visit the Telluride Film Festival website to download the full festival program.

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