Telluride Dedicates This Year’s Fest To Roger Ebert

The festival said today that this year’s 40th edition will be dedicated in part to film critic Roger Ebert. He died in April at age 70 after a long bout with cancer. Said the fest in its release today announcing the honor: “Until his health began to fail, Ebert was a fixture at Telluride over much of its 40-year history and championed the festival and its films in his writing. With its mountain-town setting and diverse array of screenings, Telluride, Ebert once said, ‘is like Cannes died and went to heaven’.” The fest also said an anonymous donor made a financial contribution in Ebert’s name toward the new 650-seat Werner Herzog Theater that is being dedicated this week; Ebert and Herzog were longtime admirers of one another. The fest is also dedicated this year to documentarian Les Blank, philanthropist and Telluride supporter George Gund, and writer-director Donald Richie, all of whom died in the past year.

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