The Telluride Film Festival has named author and film programmer Rachel Kushner as its 2015 Guest Director. She will select a series of films to present at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival, running over Labor Day Weekend, September 4-7, 2015. Per usual, the Telluride lineup will be kept secret until Opening Day.
In a rare co-presentation between the Bay Area-based festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival, Kushner will present Barbara Loden’s 1970 verite working class drama “Wanda” in 35mm at SFIFF this year. The film screened at Telluride 2005, back when author Don DeLillo was Guest Director.
Rachel Kushner is the author of 2013 National Book Award finalist “The Flamethrowers,” also a finalist for the Folio Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and among The New York Times Top Five Novels of 2013. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Artforum and Bookforum.
Kushner joins an illustrious omnibus of past Guest Directors including Guy Maddin, Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante, Peter Sellars, Don DeLillo, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer and Slavoj Zizek.