Helmer Alexander Payne has been tapped guest director for the 36th Telluride Film Festival.Payne will join co-directors Tom Luddy, Julie Huntsinger and Gary Meyer as a key collaborator in the fest’s overall programming. “I have had the pleasure of knowing Alexander for many years — from the time he was a Stanford student who came to see rare films at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and throughout his career,” Luddy said. Past guest directors have included Stephen Sondheim, Don DeLillo, Edith Kramer and last year’s Slavoj Zizek. Fest runs Sept. 4-7. Its lineup will be revealed opening day.