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Maudie screens at Telluride by the Sea Sept. 16-18. Courtesy image.




Telluride by the Sea

Where: The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth
When: Friday, Sept. 16, through Sun., Sept. 18
Admission: $15 for individual films, $90 for a weekend pass, $210 for a patron pass
Contact: 436-2400, themusichall.org
 
Lost & Found series
For pass-holders only; all these films screen at The Music Hall Loft at 131 Congress St., Portsmouth. This films exemplify the reputation of Telluride to bring light to old classics.
Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m.: People on Sunday (NR, 1930)
Sunday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m.: I Know Where I’m Going! (NR, 1945)
Sunday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m.: The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
 
Film schedule
Friday, Sept. 16
5:30 p.m.: Queues begin on Chestnut St., live music downtown by John Mayer Five
6 p.m.: Doors open for patron pass holders
7 p.m.: La La Land (PG-13, 2016) followed by patron party at Brazo Restaurant, 75 Pleasant St.
 
Saturday, Sept. 17
1 p.m.: Things To Come (2016)
4 p.m.: Neruda (biography, 2016)
8 p.m.: Arrival (2016)
 
Sunday, Sept. 18
9 to 11a.m.: Patron brunch at The District, 103 Congress St.
1:30 p.m.:  Graduation (2016)
6:45 p.m.: Maudie (biography, 2016), followed by Festival Wrap Party for passholders on The Music Hall stage with food provided by The Portsmouth Brewery




A taste of Telluride
Portsmouth presents 18th annual Telluride by the Sea

09/08/16
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 If you’re part of the population majority that can’t fly to Colorado this month to attend the Telluride Film Festival, you can still catch a taste of it at The Music Hall’s 18th Telluride by the Sea Sept. 16 through Sept. 18.

The festival, which features six films taken straight from the Colorado lineup, is a rare treat, only possible because two of Telluride’s original founders, Bill and Stella Pence, now live in Portsmouth. 
The pair, along with a handful of others, started the Telluride Film Festival in 1973, and today, the Labor Day weekend extravaganza is known for showing films that might not necessarily qualify as blockbusters — instead, they highlight excellence in the art form and make you think.
“Telluride has a reputation for choosing films not so much based on what’s popular or what may be popular, but more on what films are great examples of the art of filmmaking,” said Chris Curtis, film and outreach manager with The Music Hall, via phone. “You might not love everything, but you’re going to have something to talk about afterward. … They’re always thought-provoking films, whether it’s because of the content of the story or the characters, or the filmmaking itself and the beauty of how the pieces are put together.”
When the couple moved to Portsmouth they struck up a relationship with The Music Hall, and they have been instrumental in its film programming; Curtis said he works very closely with Bill Pence throughout the year because of his knowledge and influence in the industry.
“But when it comes to Telluride by the Sea, it’s Bill and Stella’s baby,” Curtis said.
Telluride planning starts in the summer, which is when the Pences get to work too. They determine the Portsmouth films from a large pool set to screen in Colorado with the end goal of creating a balanced program of great films with a little bit of everything, from foreign or lighthearted to dark or dramatic.
“They’ve got dozens of films that screen at Telluride. We get six of what we hope are among the best,” Curtis said. 
The festival opens Friday night with La La Land, a musical starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling about making it in Los Angeles. Curtis said it’s been garnering a lot of buzz.
“It’s a good way to kick off a weekend that is a celebration of cinema — to have something full of color and dancing music,” Curtis said.
Also set to screen: Things to Come, about a middle-aged woman whose conventional life is tested by unexpected changes; Neruda, about Chile’s acclaimed poet and leftist senator Pablo Neruda; Arrival, about a linguist ordered by her government to try to communicate with aliens who’ve landed on Earth; Graduation, about a man who’s dedicated himself to help his daughter finish high school and study overseas; and Maudie, about Canadian folk artist Maudie Lewis.
People travel from all over the Northeast to attend Telluride by the Sea. Curtis said individual screenings often sell out the day of, so if you don’t want to buy a pass but do want to see a specific movie, it’s best to reserve a ticket. 
“It’s a chance to see brand-new films before they screen in New York or L.A.,” Curtis said. “Some residents who have family members visiting … make a point [to have them visit] now, not only to see these films, but also because Portsmouth in September can be incredibly fantastic.” 





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