Telluride, Colo. -- Partiers jammed the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art Friday evening for a reception hosted by The Hollywood Reporter and UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. Poking his head above the crowd was the very tall Penn Jillette, producer of the documentary Tim's Vermeer, directed by his on-stage partner and fellow magician Teller. "We were here over 20 years ago with Arthur Penn who directed Penn & Teller Get Killed," Jillette told THR. "It's what we were working for from the very beginning, going to Telluride. But it's a bigger deal now."
Circulating among the crowd were Ralph Fiennes, here for the premiere of The Invisible Woman, his film about Charles Dickens' hidden love life, which he directed and in which he stars; Denis Villeneuve, nervous about the imminent screening of his thriller Prisoners (which went on to screen to rave reviews); filmmaker Errol Morris; Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences senior publicist Teni Melidonian; Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard; Telluride Film Festival directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger, and Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
"I told Tom Luddy it was just like old times," said UCLA alum Donna Deitz, who brought her film Desert Hearts to Telluride in 1985. Reflecting on the growth of UCLA's film school, she said, "Now that Dean Teri Schwartz has rolled film, theater, and TV into one at TFT, it's the best institution of its kind in the world."
Schwartz introduced THR to recent UCLA TFT grads Battiste Fenwick and Esther Julie-Anne, the first married couple to present two separate films in Telluride’s 40-year history. Fenwick was repped by the doc Una Chanza Más, about gang members turned firefighters, and Julie-Anne brought Out of Love, about her father who divorced her mother and then went on to marry and divorce four additional times. "Both are world premieres," said Fenwick, "and we're about to have our first child. We have a couch and an editing suite in the living room. When she edits, I lie on the couch and sob." "And vice versa," said Julie-Anne. "I in the same festival. This will be the world premiere for each."
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