via press release:

Opening Night Gala at TCM Classic Film Festival to Feature World Premiere of the 60th Anniversary Restoration of An American in Paris

Festival Will Also Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Citizen Kane with World Premiere of New Restoration

Passes Go On Sale Nov. 3, 2010

The TCM Classic Film Festival, which returns for its second year in 2011, will focus on programming that celebrates Music and the Movies, including outstanding composers, great songwriters and the unique role music plays in the art of filmmaking.  Festival programming will also include a number of discoveries, significant restorations and special events that will be announced in the coming weeks.

The multi-faceted festival – which runs from April 28 – May 1, 2011, in Hollywood – will be packed with more than 50 screenings, including special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and more.  TCM will honor songwriters George and Ira Gershwin throughout the four-day event, including the opening night gala presentation of the 60th anniversary world premiere restoration of An American in Paris (1951).  The festival will present the 70th anniversary world premiere restoration of Citizen Kane (1941) as part of a broader look at prolific composer Bernard Herrmann on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

TCM will salute the 100th birthday of the “King of the Singing Cowboys,” Roy Rogers,with presentations of his films that will include new restorations.

The festival will also celebrate the art of silent movie music with Buster Keaton’s last great silent comedy, The Cameraman (1928), featuring a vintage score of jazz and popular music performed live by the acclaimed Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

Vanity Fair is once again joining TCM as a festival partner.  The magazine will produce the exclusive, opening-night after-party that will follow the red-carpet gala screening of An American in Paris.  TCM host and film historian Robert Osborne will serve as official host of the festival.

Additional programming details will be released in the weeks and months ahead.  In addition to the films noted above, the classic film specialists Rialto Pictures will present the North American premiere of a new, 35mm restoration of the British World War II thriller Went the Day Well? (1942), a rediscovered masterwork by director Alberto Cavalcanti.  TCM, which will present exciting finds throughout the weekend, is also teaming once again with the Museum of Modern Art for a world premiere restoration of Hoop-La (1933), featuring Clara Bow in her final feature film performance.

Passes for the TCM Classic Film Festival will go on sale Nov. 3, 2010, at http://www.tcm.com/festival and will be available at four price levels.  The number of passes will be limited, especially for top-level “Spotlight” passes.  A new “Matinee” level has been added this year, offering attendees the chance to catch daytime events at a special, low price.  Fans who purchase passes of any level prior to 5 p.m. (ET) Dec. 17, 2010, will receive a $100 “TCM Fanatic” discount.

The “Matinee” Festival Pass: $299 – Includesaccess to all film programs starting prior to 6 p.m. (PT) at all festival venues Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1; admission to Club TCM events and panels at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel until 6 p.m. daily, Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1; and a commemorative festival program.

The “Classic” Festival Pass: $499 – Includes access to all film programs at festival venues Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1 (does not include admittance to the opening-night red carpet gala screening at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre); access to all Club TCM events, panels and poolside screenings at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; an opening-night welcome party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Friday and Saturday evening passholder gatherings; the closing-night event; and a commemorative festival program.

The “Essential” Festival Pass: $599 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” passholders, plus entry to the opening-night red carpet gala screening of An American in Paris (1951) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and official TCM Classic Film Festival collectibles.

The “Spotlight” Festival Pass: $1,199 – Includes all privileges available to “Classic” and “Essential” passholders, plus entry to an exclusive Vanity Fair opening-night party following the red carpet gala screening of An American in Paris (1951) at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; priority entry to all events; meet-and-greet events with TCM friends hosted by Robert Osborne; and an official TCM Classic Film Festival poster signed by Osborne.

About the TCM Classic Film Festival
The 2011 edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place Thursday, April 28 – Sunday, May 1, in Hollywood. The four-day event will be packed with more than 50 screenings, complete with special introductions, guest appearances, panel discussions and more.  TCM is dedicated to showcasing the best possible projection, including digital, 35mm and 70mm prints.  Most of the films have been digitally restored and remastered.

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, which has a longstanding role in movie history and was the site of the first Oscars® ceremony, will once again serve as the official hotel for the festival, as well as home to Club TCM, a central gathering point for attendees.  The Hollywood Roosevelt will also offer special rates for festivalgoers.  Screenings and events will be held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Mann’s Chinese 6 and the Egyptian Theatre.

The TCM Classic Film Festival is produced by TCM and sponsored by Vanity Fair, the official festival partner and host of the opening night gala.

About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world.  Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM features the insights of veteran primetime host Robert Osborne and weekend daytime host Ben Mankiewicz, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests.  As the foremost authority in classic films, TCM offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, along with regular programming events that include The Essentials, 31 Days of Oscar and Summer Under the Stars.  TCM also stages special events and screenings, such as the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood; produces a wide range of media about classic film, including books and DVDs; and hosts a wealth of materials at its Web site, http://www.tcm.com.  TCM is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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