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Production Designer Dean Tavoularis Designs 40th Anniversary Telluride Film Festival Poster

Production Designer Dean Tavoularis Designs 40th Anniversary Telluride Film Festival Poster

Yes, I have acquired my pass for the celebratory 40th Telluride Film Festival, which adds an extra day to its usual four-day Labor Day weekend festivities (August 29 – September 2, 2013).

This year the Rocky Mountain fest, which is presented by National Film Preserve LTD., gave the design of its 2013 poster to Oscar-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, who will attend the fest to sign posters for attendees. “The 40th
edition will be a remarkable celebration of TFF’s past and present,” said Executive Director Julie Huntsinger, “and
Dean’s work with Telluride is a wonderful parallel. He was a part of
Telluride in its very early years when he designed a poster for a TFF
celebration called the ‘Spirit of Zoetrope.’ We are excited to have him
back and to present his vision for this special year. ”

Explaining his design concept, Tavoularis pondered on Telluride’s past, he says, “and in fact all film festivals. Like the word implies, a festival is a fair; people gathering to show their films. It just as well could be their tomatoes. It’s an exchange. I wanted a poster that was simple and joyful, that looked homemade with pure colors in shapes that symbolize a 1:85 screen and an audience. One cannot exist without the other. I am very happy to be a small part of Telluride’s history.”

Tavoularis bio:

As a student, Dean Tavoularis studied painting
and architecture at different art schools and went on to work at Disney
Studios as an in-betweener in the animation department where he worked
on the 1955 film “Lady and the Tramp.” He then transitioned to the
live-action department where he worked on the 1954 film “20,000 Leagues
Under The Sea.” His career as a production designer began in 1967 when
filmmaker Arthur Penn asked him to lead the artistic direction for
“Bonny And Clyde.” Three years later, he and Penn teamed up again on
“Little Big Man.” He began working with Francis Ford Coppola in 1972 on
“The Godfather”, which was the beginning of much collaboration including
the latter two films in “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now.”

has spent the last ten years focusing on his work as a painter. His
return to film came in 2012 when he was the production designer on Roman
Polanski’s “Carnage.” He has worked on over thirty films spanning four
decades, landing five Academy-Award nominations and one win for “The
Godfather Part II.” Tavoularis lives in Paris and Los Angeles with his
wife, actress Aurore Clément.

Other poster designers include Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, David Lance Goines, Chuck Jones, David Salle, Alexis Smith, Jim Dine, Dave McKean, Gary Larson, John Canemaker, Laurie Anderson, William Wegman, Ralph Eggleston, Maira Kalman and Dave Eggers.

View and download the full-size 40th Telluride Film Festival poster art here ; 40th Telluride Film Festival posters will be available for purchase throughout the five-day Festival or at the TFF website.

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