36th Telluride Film Festival and The Library Of America Announce A Special 2009 Festival Program “The Celebration Of Manny Farber”

Events to include a bookstore signing of “FARBER ON FILM The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber” with editor Robert Polito and Patricia Patterson

Audience conversation with panel guests Jean-Pierre Gorin, Kent Jones, Greil Marcus, Patricia Patterson, Robert Polito, David Thomson and Robert Walsh

Specially programmed film event with surprise guests in attendance

Telluride Film Festival www.telluridefilmfestival.org (September 4-7, 2009), presented by National Film Preserve LTD., and The Library of America are pleased to announce a special program in honor of artist and film critic Manny Farber,“The Celebration of Manny Farber,” will be presented at this year’s 36th Telluride Film Festival. The three-part program will include an intimate bookstore signing of The Library of America’s September 2009 releaseFarber On Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Faber with editor Robert Polito and Farber’s wife and collaborator, Patricia Patterson; an interactive panel discussion on Farber’s life and contribution to film criticism between the audience and special panel guests Jean-Pierre Gorin, Kent Jones, Greil Marcus, Patricia Patterson, Robert Polito, David Thomson and Robert Walsh; and a screening of one of Farber’s favorite films with special guests in attendance, all of which will be announced with the rest of the program on Opening Day, September 4, 2009.

Manny Farber (1917-2008) began his career in the 1940s writing art and film criticism for The New Republic and The Nation. His first group exhibition as an artist was in 1945 followed by his first solo exhibition in 1957. While pursuing art full-time Farber continued as a film critic until the late1970s for TimeThe New LeaderCavalier, and Artforum. He also contributed to CommentaryFilm Comment, City Magazine and Film Culture. He taught film at the University of San Diego from 1970 to 1987. Vanity Fair added him into their ‘Hall of Fame’ in June 1998.

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