Free Stuff

Over the weekend there will be many free events and film screenings to attend. Don’t miss out!


The Synapse Theater

As part of our commitment to community programming, grab a sweater and join us at the Synapse Amphitheater at the top of the Chondola aka lift 1 aka Meadows for a selection of programming that’s sure to fire up your nerve cells and delight your mind. There’s no better place to watch a film, munch some free popcorn, and drink a beer or two under the slowly spinning night sky filled with orbiting planets that makes up our delightful universe.


THURSDAY 7:45 - 9:45 pm – The Truth about Killer Robots directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin


The Tables directed by Alain Dellanoy

Girls Section directed by Kathryn Everett

The Thousand Year Journey directed by Kenny Laubbacher

Earthrise directed by Emmanuel Vaughan Lee

SATURDAY 7:45 - 10:00 pm – Queen of Versailles directed by Lauren Greenfield


Colloquies, ETC.

Throughout the weekend, sharp people will be talking. Sometimes, they will be telling spellbinding stories and other times delving into various aspects of creativity or even diving into the touchy topic of politics. We very much want you to be involved in the conversation but please try to keep your queries short and direct as lengthy soliloquies from the floor can be frustrating for all. It’s all free and open to the public and hosted (unless otherwise noted) at The Brainstorm Stage in central Mountain Village.

The Creativity Conundrum at The Brainstorm Stage

Every one of us has a creative dimension and how — and what — we create is critical to us individually and to society at large. This series of talks looks closely at different aspects of the clearly ephemeral and wonderfully uncertain world of creativity.

The Third Rail at The Brainstorm Stage

We are living in an unprecedented time of political upheaval. In this series of conversations we look past the horse races and focus on bigger issues roiling the political scene, understanding that at its core, America is based on an idea, which needs defending to avoid ending up in the dustbin of history.

The Downlow at The Brainstorm Stage

Storytelling is one of the original ways we learned to communicate and connect with one another. The Telluride Downlow celebrates this timeless tradition by providing support, space and a platform for talented storytellers. The theme for this special Original Thinkers edition of The Downlow is My Worst Idea. Our Friday event offers a preselected lineup of unique stories from OT guests. There, we will also be seeking members of the audience to participate in our Sunday show, with the opportunity to workshop stories on Saturday.

Author Readings at The Nerve Center

Come see some of the authors who have spoken at Original Thinkers read from their books, which you can purchase on site and have them inscribed.



5:00 - 8:00 pm ART WALK:

Lauren Greenfield at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

Original Thinkers Pop Up Art: Jane Rule Burdine, Keris Salmon, Vainuupo Avegalio, Joe Merritt at Plaza near The Big Idea


10:30 - 11:30 am The Creativity Conundrum: #1 The Elusive Nature of Creativity at the Brainstorm Stage

1:30 - 2:30 pm The Third Rail: #1 Democracy In Danger at the Brainstorm Stage

5:30 - 6:30 pm The Downlow at the Brainstorm Stage


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Author Readings by Jedidiah Jenkins, Ron Suskind, and Leslie Chang at the Nerve Center

The Creativity Conundrum: #2 The Eureka Moment at the Brainstorm Stage

Artist talk with Lauren Greenfield at Telluride Gallery of Fine Art

3:15 - 4:15 pm The Third Rail: #2 The Era of the Strong Man at the Brainstorm Stage


12:00 - 1:00 pm

The Third Rail: #3 The Second Civil War at the Brainstorm Stage

Author Readings by David Quammen, Jane Rule Burdine, and Dr. John C. Hausdoerffer at the Nerve Center

3:00 - 4:00 pm The Creativity Conundrum: #3 Art and Healing at the Brainstorm Stage

2:45 - 3:45 pm Artist talk with Agathe Snow outside of the Big Idea

5:45 - 6:45 pm The Downlow at the Brainstorm Stage