TMH Staff Shares Their Favorite Films from TbtS

We’re only weeks away from the day we’ll announce the titles for Telluride by the Sea Film Festival (TbtS)! As this will be my first TbtS, I thought I’d chat with my colleagues about their favorite TbtS films shown. And if you need a refresher on what we’ve shown here, check out our previous blog, Telluride by the Sea: What We’ve Seen So Far.

My favorite movie was titled Wild Tales from Telluride 2014. I actually started working at The Music Hall the very next month but we played that film later that year.
Alexis Hahalis
Membership Coordinator

My introduction to actress Sally Hawkins was watching her on screen in Mike Leigh’s Happy Go Lucky. I absolutely loved the character she portrayed and she literally shone on the big screen.
Thérèse LaGamma
Deputy Director of Programming & Performing Arts Curator

What I especially love about TbtS is discovering hidden gems. In 2013 the charming, whimsical The Lunchbox stole my heart and gave me insight into a Mumbai tradition that I was unaware of. I’m now a fan of Argentine film director Damián Szifron after being riveted by his brilliant satirical comedy Wild Tales in 2014. In 2017 I discovered the driest depths of Finnish humor in the heartbreaking yet heartwarming story of the global refugee crisis as seen through the eyes of director Aki Kaurismäk.
Regina Baraban
Content Editor

My first TbtS was in 2007, the year I started as TMH Film Coordinator. I was nervous and excited and the films that year were so good! Into The Wild opened the weekend; the story of Chris McCandless, written and directed by Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer, starring Emile Hirsch, and with music by Eddie Vedder. It was my first TbtS film and it did not disappoint! Also, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly was poignant, beautiful, and moving, and the weekend ended with the hilarious, joyful, and poetic The Band’s Visit. It feels like the weekend was only a few weeks ago!
Chris Curtis
Film and Outreach Manager

Boy, that’s a hard one: Capote because it’s such a great story. Diving Bell & The Butterfly was a heartbreaking and triumphant meditation on the power of the imagination. The King’s Speech because, duh, who doesn’t want to see the King win against the naysayers about his stutter. And La La Land was just pure delight!
Patricia Lynch
Executive Director, The Music Hall

And it was fun for me to look back to see which of my favorite movies were shown at TbtS, including Finding Neverland (2004) and Imitation Game (2014).

Keep an eye out on this blog and on our social media channels for the title announcement, and get your passes now!