The Telluride Film Festival, the super-secret enclave that takes place at the highest elevations of the Rocky Mountains over Labor Day Weekend, has announced that its Guest Director for this year’s edition is writer/critic Geoff Dyer. The award-winning writer is set to select a series of films to present at the 39th Telluride Film Festival. Festival directors Julie Huntsinger, Tom Luddy and Gary Meyer annually select one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of the Festival’s program lineup. The Guest Director serves as a key collaborator in the Festival’s programming decisions, bringing new ideas and overlooked films to Telluride. Dyer is a respected film scholar whose book ZONA is the definitive exploration of Russian metaphysical director Andrei Tarkovsky. The British writer is the author of four novels, two collection of essays and five genre-defying titles, which have gained him every kind of literary award imaginable. In keeping with Telluride Film Festival tradition, Dyer’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup will be kept secret and unveiled on Opening Day, August 31, 2012. Past Guest Directors have included an eclectic mix of artists including Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante, Peter Sellars and Don DeLillo.
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