Telluride 2017: Documentary Overview

The 44th Telluride Film Festival

September 1-4

The influential Labor Day weekend event, which keeps its lineup a secret until the day before its start, offers up 15 new and recent documentaries among its nearly 40 features this year – nonfiction showing a slight dip in representation relative to last year’s program.

The fest’s main slate, Show, is heavily weighted towards fiction, but does present three doc world premieres: Rebecca Miller’s intimate portrait of her famed playwright father, ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER (pictured); Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s profile of acclaimed British photographer Cecil Beaton, LOVE, CECIL; and Christopher Quinn’s look at conscientious food choices, EATING ANIMALS, based on the Jonathan Safran Foer’s New York Times bestseller. Other entries here include the CPH:DOX debuting LAND OF THE FREE by Camilla Magid; Venice premieres HUMAN FLOW by Ai Weiwei and the hybrid series WORMWOOD by Errol Morris; and, from Cannes, JR and Agnes Varda’s FACES PLACES and Barbet Schroder’s THE VENERABLE W; as well as two episodes of Ken Burns’ PBS series THE VIETNAM WAR.

Remaining nonfiction makes up Telluride’s Backlot section of films about filmmaking and artist portraits. Titles here are Sophie Bassaler’s midlength about the celebrated photographers of the Magnum Agency, CINEMA THROUGH THE EYES OF MAGNUM (pictured); Göran Hugo Olsson’s collection of footage capturing GREY GARDENS‘ Montauk over a 1970s summer, THAT SUMMER; actor Michael Weatherly’s profile of a British ex-pat realtor, JAMAICA MAN; Tony Zierra’s Cannes portrait of Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant, FILMWORKER; and Rüdiger Suchsland’s exploration of German films produced during the Nazi era, HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD. In addition, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s Sundance opener, AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL, will be presented as a special outdoor screening during the festival.


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