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Telluride Film Festival is proud to announce its 2011 Guest Director, Caetano Veloso. The beloved artist has been invited to select a series of films to present at the 38th Telluride Film Festival. The Guest Director program is sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Caetano Veloso began his professional music career in 1965 in Sao Paulo and has made more than 30 studio albums to date. Absorbing ideas from sources as diverse as The Beatles, concrete poetry, the French Dadaists and the Brazilian modernist poets of the 1920s, Veloso—together with Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, his sister Maria Bethania, and a number of other poets and intellectuals—founded a movement called Tropicalismo. He experimented with new sounds and words, adding electric guitars to his bands, and utilizing the imagery of modern poetry. Tropicalismo set the tone for Veloso’s career, which continues to incorporate elements of rock, reggae, fado, tango, samba canao, baiao and rap. Veloso’s music is sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary, often hybrid.
With over 100 film and television credits, Veloso is no stranger to the big and small screen. Veloso followed his 1999 Grammy Award-winning release Livro with a soundtrack for the Carlos Diegues film Orfeu. In spring 2001,Veloso’s Omaggio a Federico e Giulietta—a live recording made in 1997 in Rimini in honor of two masters of Italian cinema, Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina—was released. In 2002, Veloso received worldwide recognition for his performance of “Cucurrucucú Paloma” (“Cucurrucucu Dove”) in Pedro Almodóvar’s Academy Award-winning film, Talk to Her.
Caetano Veloso’s memoir, Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil, was published by Knopf in 2002, alongside the release of a new 2-CD set, Live in Bahia. Recent albums include Onqotô (2005), Cê (2006), Caetano Veloso e Roberto Carlos - e a música de Tom Jobim (2008) and Zii e Zie (2011). Veloso’s recordings have been released through Nonesuch in America since 1987.
Telluride Film Festival founder and co-director Tom Luddy remarks, "Peter Sellars -- Telluride's 1999 Guest Director who has since become one of our permanent curators -- first suggested the idea of Caetano Veloso for a Guest Director position at the festival. I knew from many common friends and from Caetano's book that he was a passionate film lover. I am thrilled that this great artist will be with us over Labor Day Weekend to present some of his favorite films."
In keeping with Telluride Film Festival tradition, Veloso’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup will be kept secret and unveiled on Opening Day, September 2, 2011.
Telluride Film Festival is proud to announce famed New York artist Maira Kalman as our 38th Poster Artist.
"High in the San Juan Mountains people gather each year to experience the unexpected: moving images from around the world that take them on journeys they may never have imagined," said Maira Kalman. "I wanted to capture some of these cinematic dreams directly on to the poster, the dreams I myself might encounter at the Festival."
- Maira Kalman
Maira Kalman has worked as a designer, author, illustrator and artist for more than 30 years. She has written and illustrated thirteen children's books including Ooh-la-la-Max in Love, What Pete Ate, and most recently, 13 WORDS in collaboration with Lemony Snicket. Kalman is a regular illustrator for The New Yorker magazine, one of her most notable works being the 2001 "New Yorkistan" cover in collaboration with Rick Meyerowitz.
Kalman's most recent books include the illustrated Strunk and White's classic Elements of Style in 2007 and Various illuminations (of a Crazy World) in 2010. Two monthly on-line columns for The New York Times entitled Principles of Uncertainty (2006-07) and The Pursuit of Happiness (2008-09) have been collected in book form. In 2010 the Institute of Contemporary Art organized a retrospective of Maira's work, entitled "Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)", which traveled to the Skirball Cultural Center (Los Angeles, CA), the Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA), the University of Pennsylvania and is currently at The Jewish Museum (New York, NY). Kalman lives in New York City and is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, New York.