Telluride taps heavyweights

Music, business, cartoon celebs feted by fest

Composer Stephen Sondheim will be guest director and Ted Turner will receive the Silver Medallion at the 30th Telluride Film Festival. “Far Side” cartoonist Gary Larson will design the poster.

Sondheim will work with fest co-directors Bill Pence and Tom Luddy to curate and present some of the programs. Sondheim, the premier musical theater composer of the second half of the 20th century, is an acknowledged film buff who worked as a clapper boy in John Huston’s 1954 pic “Beat the Devil.”

He’ll curate a retrospective of an overlooked film artist, whom Luddy would not disclose.

Turner will receive the Silver Medallion for his leadership in “the preservation and utilization of American film.”

Larson, Sondheim and Turner will attend the fest, which runs Aug. 29-Sept. 1.

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