Happy 20th Birthday, Telluride by the Sea!
Twenty years ago, Bill and Stella Pence relocated to Portsmouth. They had been co-founders of Telluride Film Festival in Colorado in 1974 (now in its 45th year), the festival about which Roger Ebert said, “[it’s] like Cannes died and went to heaven.” Every year, the tiny town of Telluride gets swarmed by festival goers, who all buy their passes prior to any film titles being announced. That’s how greatly the curators of the festival are trusted.
To the great benefit of the Seacoast, the Pences proposed a mini-version of the festival, which would annually bring TFF premieres to The Music Hall: Telluride by the Sea!
Twenty years later, Telluride by the Sea is going strong and growing. This year with the new Chestnut Streetscape and seven films coming to town, there are even more reasons to celebrate this gem of a festival that gives the Seacoast first looks at top-notch film premieres. The cinephiles’ party of the year!
We are also pleased to welcome this year’s Presenting Sponsor, LaBelle Winery!