The Adventure Begins - I'm Off to Telluride, Toronto & Austin
by Alex Billington
September 2, 2010
For the third straight year in a row, I'm embarking upon a massive 30-day non-stop film festival tour. I'm catching a flight this morning to kick things off starting at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado (Sept. 3 - 6), then I'll be heading up to the Toronto Film Festival (Sept. 9 to 19), and finally I'll be heading back to Fantastic Fest in Austin at the Alamo Drafthouse (Sept. 23 - 30). It's a very long trip, but I love every second of it, I live for this stuff. My partner in crime is Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm, who will be joining me on this exciting, exhausting and entertaining adventure to some of the best fests the film world has to offer.
We'll obviously continue to provide as much regular coverage as we can. Ethan Anderton has freed up his schedule to help balance out the regular stuff. As for me, I'll be bringing you guys early reviews, video (and text) blogs, numerous interviews, and as much good coverage as I can from the three festivals. I'm excited to head out on this trip again, as I love all of those festivals and the mood this time of year, especially because there's always a lot of Oscar buzz. Two years ago, Slumdog Millionaire's first ever showing was at Telluride, and I was there. I really hope Danny Boyle is bringing 127 Hours to unveil this year up in the mountains!
If you want truly up-to-the-minute coverage, I suggest following my twitter: @firstshowing. That's where I'll be constantly tweeting about my immediate reactions to films, what I'm watching and what's going on, and any other major news or announcements. My hope is to be able to provide coverage from the different fests that is unique to me, yet is able to give you a good sense of what each festival has to offer. Hopefully I can pull that off! If you're also attending any of these festivals and want to say hi, please shoot me an email or message me on twitter and we'll connect up. For now I have a plane I need to catch, so I'll see you soon!