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February 12, 2018
See award-nominated films at The Music Hall!

While most people start talking about the Academy Awards in January, here at The Music Hall, we start in September during the Telluride by the Sea Film Festival. Over three days we get a sneak peek at the movies that often turn out to be award show front-runners, including this season’s award show darling, The Shape of Water. After the jam-packed weekend, curator Bill Pence and I keep an eye out for the other movies that will end up on the “Best Of” lists. Over the last couple of months, we’ve been riveted by Dunkirk, charmed by Lady Bird, and captivated by Loving Vincent, to name a few.

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September 13, 2017
Telluride Tips and Tricks


Can you believe that we are just days away from this year’s Telluride by the Sea Film Festival? I, for one, can’t. As I get myself ready for nine fabulous films over three days, I thought I’d share some helpful tips and tricks for navigating the festival, as I know there are some of you who are joining us for the first time and other have upgraded their passes.

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September 21, 2016
Thanks for a fabulous Telluride by the Sea

Telluride 16

This year, as I pulled my Telluride by the Sea staff shirt out, it occurred to me, TbtS weekend is like summer camp. People come from all over the place to spend the weekend watching movies here in Portsmouth that only a handful of other people have seen. Then we all get to talk about them, what we liked, what we hated, what we’re looking forward to, I mean who knew Emma Stone could sing and dance?

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September 15, 2016
Quality Never Gets Old: TbtS presents “Lost & Found” Films This Weekend

lost and found

People like to say that movies are timeless. But they’re not. Every one of them is a statement about the time they were made, the state of the world, the state of technology, the issues that were resonating with people at the time. As popular and as prevalent as some movies have become through the years, by shear volume of global film production, it can be all too easy for even great works by known masters to sink into obscurity, and disappear from popular consciousness.

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September 14, 2016
Telluride tricks and tips


September is my favorite month, it is the start of fall, the beginning of football (I’m happy to share that I’m undefeated in both of my fantasy leagues), the Fairy House tour takes place (I have my wings ready), my birthday, and the Telluride by the Sea Film Festival comes to The Music Hall. Telluride is my favorite weekend at The Music Hall. I love that our little town gets some of the best movies before they are released, and I get to see them with some of my very favorite people.

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September 13, 2016
Life Backstage: Bill and Stella Pence

“What makes the Telluride Film Festival unique is we aren’t just seeking the brand new films that are going to win the Oscar for Best Picture or Foreign Film…” ~ Bill Pence

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