Today, September 1st 2014, marked the final day of the Telluride Film Festival (TFF).  The Peter G. Dodge Foundation (PGDF) staff enjoyed several highlights during the festival, from being one of a handful of sponsors thanked before the world premier and directorial debut of Jon Stewart’s film “Rosewater,” to spotting festival-goers wearing PGDF sunglasses and cinch bags (including the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of TFF, Tom Luddy).

The major highlight for PGDF, however, was its sponsorship of the City Lights Project.?

During their wrap session today, PGDF personnel had the opportunity to sit in on one of City Light’s film discussions. The students viewed the comedy The Price of Fame by director Xavier Beauvois. Following the film, the students met back in a classroom for discussion and were then joined by director Beauvois himself.

Through a translator, students asked several questions, on subjects ranging from Beauvois’ choice of music to his inspiration to become a filmmaker. Beauvois encouraged the students to follow their cinematic passion and not to be afraid to approach a director and ask for internship or study opportunities. After the Q&A ended, the City Lights directors asked each student, “What was your most memorable experience at the Telluride Film Festival?” One student commented that their most memorable experience was meeting student filmmakers, as “there was a connectivity” between the young adults. Another student stated, “I especially liked when [the directors] said we students are the future of filmmaking. It really inspired me.” One student approached Peter and thanked him for his support of the program.

PGDF is proud to have supported the Telluride Film Festival and the City Lights Project, and gratified to have witnessed the positive effects of the program on the students involved.