A hunch just slipped into my bloodstream that Jean-Marc Vallee, Reese Witherspoon and Nick Hornby‘s Wild (Fox Searchlight, 12.5) will be the first film to be shown at the Telluride Film Festival, or around 2 or 3 pm at the Chuck Jones Cinema (i.e., right after the picnic). No one’s told me anything — I’m just hearing a little voice, or more precisely a ping. All prophetic, telepathic and/or inspirational messages are always received as little taps on your shoulder or ping tones in the back of your head.
Telluride is technically a four-day festival (Friday, 8.29 through Monday, September 1st) but it doesn’t really start until Friday afternoon, and for industry visitors is all but over by early Monday afternoon so call it three days.
Incidentally: Everyone travels to Telluride on Thursday, of course. My Burbank-to-Durango flight arrives around 2:30 pm. I’ll pick up the rental car right away and drive to Telluride, which takes a little over two hours. If anyone wants a lift in exchange for gas money, get in touch. I’m heading back to Durango around 1 pm on Monday.
Telluride’s press pass office always closes at 5 pm. It’s not a big deal as you can easily pick it up early the next morning but I always play a little game with myself as I drive from Durango to Telluride — i.e., can I make it there before 5 pm so I can pick up my pass? I never do. Why doesn’t Telluride keep the press pass office open a little longer on a day when a lot of people are arriving? The more accommodating thing, obviously, would be to hang around until 6 pm at least. 7 pm would be even nicer.