The last interview I did at the Telluride Film Festival was with Chapin Cutler, honcho and co-founder of Boston Light and Sound, and one of the few people on the planet who really know how to project films to their absolute technical utmost. Cutler oversees the projection of all films during Telluride as well as Sundance, Hollywod’s TCM Classics Film Festival, and the Doha and Dubai Tribeca film festivals.
Cutler is like a NASA rocket scientist when it comes to theatrical projection. He adheres to standards that most commercial exhibitors avoid due to their cheapskate, nickle-and-dime attitudes about putting on a show with celluloid and digital.
Earlier that day I was floored by the almost highdef-video-level clarity of the projection of David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, and I wanted to know what kind of projector was used ands what light levels and whatnot.
The video below is something I took at the corner of Oak and Galela in Telluride. The spot is two houses down from a three-storied Victorian owned by Jack Zoller, where Sasha Stone and I stayed during the festival. Producer-writer Glenn Zoller invited us both. They were the greatest and most gracious hosts anyone could have asked for or dreamt of. Thanks very much, guys — you made us feel right at home.