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Academy to Receive Festival Archives

The directors of the Telluride Film Festival will donate a comprehensive collection of documents, photos and videotapes from the Festival to theAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library. The materials cover every year of the Festival, right back to its first year, 1974.

Included in the collection are programming notes, photographs of guests in attendance, press reviews, invitations, programs, schedules, correspondence, posters, yearbooks and other promotional materials. In addition, videotapes of festival seminars and other noteworthy events are included; these will be housed in the Academy Film Archive.

“We’re extremely pleased to receive this collection from the Telluride Film Festival,” said Margaret Herrick Library Director Linda Mehr. “This festival in particular is one that is admired, appreciated and respected, and these materials give a great view into why that is.”

“The Academy’s Library is a world-class facility and performs a vital function in saving and making available materials about all aspects of film,” said festival co-director Bill Pence. “The Telluride Festival is one of the most prestigious arts events in existence, so it only makes sense for our materials to be placed in the care of the Herrick.”

Pence will formally acknowledge the donation at the Festival on September 3, with the presentation of a framed photograph from the collection to Academy Executive Director Bruce Davis.

In celebration of the gift, an exhibition of materials from the Herrick’s other holdings will be on display at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art for the three days of the festival. Highlights of “Out of the Past: From the Collections of the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library” include Edward Steichen photographs of Lillian Gish, Paul Robeson, Gary Cooper and Joan Crawford; animation art by Frédéric Back, Bruno Bozetto and Faith and John Hubley; production design drawings from “Gone with the Wind,” “ Mildred Pierce” and “It Came from Outer Space”; costume design drawings from “Shane,” “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice”; and production correspondence on “The Wild Bunch” from the Sam Peckinpah Collection.

“We thought it would be appropriate for festival attendees to see a sample of the wide array of materials the Herrick has. It’s a way of saying ‘here’s what the Telluride collection will be joining,’” said Mehr.

The Academy announced in October 2004 that it would, through an expansion of its festival grants program, provide $50,000 per year for three years to the Telluride Festival. The first installment of that commitment will be in support of this year’s festival.

The Margaret Herrick Library is a world-renowned, non-circulating reference and research library devoted to the history and development of the motion picture as an art form and as an industry. It is regarded as one of the most complete collections of film-related materials ever assembled.

Criterion Collection and Janus Films to Receive Special Medallion

Award Will Celebrate Two Generations Dedicated to Accessibility and Preservation of Great Films

TFF Co-directors Bill Pence and Tom Luddy announced that acclaimed DVD publisher

Criterion Collection and its sister company, film distributor Janus Films, have been named as the recipients of the Festival’s 2005 Special Medallion.

Criterion’s William Becker, Peter Becker and Jonathan Turell will be present to receive the award at the 32nd Telluride Film Festival, which takes place September 2-5 in Telluride, Colorado.

“The Special Medallion is designed to recognize heroes of cinema – an artist, entrepreneur historian, critic, or organization dedicated to the continuance of film as art. Rarely do you see the multi-generational passion for these ideals that is exemplified by the Becker and Turell families, the driving force behind Janus and Criterion,” commented Pence. “The commitment to accessibility and preservation of fine film begun by Janus Films has been passed on from father to son and the result is the incomparable Criterion Collection of today.”

Originally founded in 1956, Janus Films was acquired in 1965 by William Becker and Saul J. Turell. Organizing numerous U.S film festivals featuring such masterpieces as the Russian silent BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN, Cocteau’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Kurosawa’s RASHOMON, Janus is widely credited for keeping classic films alive during the 1960s and 70s. They also became well known for bringing the works of great directors from around the world to American audiences - including the works of Truffaut, Antonioni and the early classics of Ingmar Bergman.

With the initiation of the Criterion Collection in the 1980’s, Jonathan Turell and Peter Becker have utilized cutting edge technology to further the philosophy learned from their fathers. Through laser disc and DVD, Criterion has revolutionized the quality and availability of film for the home viewer. Continuing to feature foreign films, established classics, and lesser known critically-admired movies over more mainstream selections, Criterion’s efforts to trace the best source materials for classic films and thorough restorations is admired throughout the industry.

Past recipients of the Telluride Film Festival Special Medallion include filmmaker-historian Kevin Brownlow, the French journal Positif, the critics Manny Farber and Stanley Kauffman, the British television producer Arena and entrepreneur extraordinaire Ted Turner.