"Smoke Signals" Opening Taos Fest; Lineup Announced
by Mark Rabinowitz
The fourth annual Taos Talking Pictures Festival announced its lineup on
Monday, it offers over 45 feature films, including 3 world and 11 U.S.
premieres, along with numerous shorts and videos. This year's edition
will open with Sundance award-winner "Smoke Signals."
Directed by Chris Eyre and written by Sherman Alexie, "Smoke Signals" was an
audience fave at the recent Sundance Film Festival, taking home the Audience
Award and Filmmakers Trophy, which was voted on by the other competition
filmmakers. The film is also an upcoming Miramax release. Closing the fest
Lutz Leonhardt's Swiss/German co-production, "Zakir And His Friends." In
addition to the regular program, the festival will feature awards and
Juraj Jakubisko ("An Ambiguous Report About The End Of The World")
Paul Schrader ("Affliction"), and Loretta Todd ("Today Is A Good Day")
screenings of the tribute films.
When asked about the rate at which the festival is growing, Festival
Programming, Kelly Clement told indieWIRE that this year's edition was
"not much larger" that its predecessors, and that the festival's "dilemma
is to try to grow and expand but not lose that flavor that makes it so uniquely
[The Talking Pictures Festival runs from April 16-19. Tickets go on sale March
30th. For more information, contact the festival office at: 505-751-0637]
[The full festival lineup is also available]