The Pences, who co-founded the festival in 1974 with Tom Luddy and the late James Card, had been planning their exit for years but opted to share their decision only with Luddy, his new co-director Gary Meyer and a few other close friends.
said they have no intention of tinkering with a formula that is so widely beloved.
...Meyer first attended the festival in 1975, and in recent years, he has served as one of Telluride's resident curators, scouting films and offering programming input on a volunteer basis.Like the Pences, who owned a chain of art house theaters, and Luddy, a former head of the Pacific Film Archive, Meyer comes from an exhibition background, which Luddy said adds to Telluride's populist ethos.
said the lineup likely will include eight features and "a couple of interesting shorts," beginning Friday morning and screening throughout the festival.
Which eight features?Which interesting shorts?That, like the rest of Telluride's
lineup, will have to wait until Friday.Holding the reins of the festival's programming for the first time, Meyer
dropped no hints, but he
promises to put on a heck of a show."We know everybody can't like every film," he
said, "but we want to make sure that the experience, collectively, is a good one."