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Telluride 2015: Netflix Arrives in Rockies

18 hours ago

by Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

With the 42nd Telluride Film Festival beginning today, Netflix is launching into the world of feature film production with Beasts of No Nation, which premieres at the festival this Sunday. The film, which stars Idris Elba and is directed by Cary Fukunaga of True Detective’s acclaimed first season, has a lot of buzz circulating around it and marks the feature film debut for Netflix.

 

Recent years have seen the meteoric rise of non-traditional media sources, with Netflix at the forefront of the revolution. The small screen has been the realm of much success for Netflix with original series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black both earning multiple Emmy nominations.

The online streaming service is no stranger to the world of film, however, with documentaries such as this year’s What Happened, Miss Simone? but Netflix is hoping Beasts will usher in »

- Patrick Shanley

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Telluride 2015: Why Everyone Wants the Patron Slot

2 September 2015 11:12 PM, PDT

by Patrick Shanley

This Labor Day weekend the 42nd Telluride Film Festival will host a crop of films and filmmakers that hope to be in the hunt for Oscar gold later this season. The most coveted slot in is the “Patron Preview”, a special screening open only to the festival’s biggest spenders who generally do not know which film will be shown until they have already taken their seats. Past success of films that have premiered to the patron crowd has made the slot a hot commodity and rumors and speculation as to what film will play this year are swirling about.

Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation, the studio’s first foray into feature films, stars Idris Elba, is directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, who helmed the critically acclaimed series’ first season, and is a possible strong contender for the patron slot. Another possibility is Steve Jobs, »

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