Sundance Announces the 2007 Jury Members
Posted by Frosty
I’m sitting here at my desk pretty stressed out. I
leave tomorrow for my very first Sundance and I have so much to write up and
post that I don’t know if I’ll be sleeping tonight. And while I would love to
wait until tomorrow, I have so much lined up to cover at the festival that I
know if it doesn’t get done today, its not getting done until after I get back.
Anyway, the main reason for this story was not my
stress, it was the jury has been announced for the 2007 festival.
If you are unfamiliar how it works, Sundance has a
few juries and each one is responsible for giving out a prize. Meaning the
people on the documentary jury just watch the docs, and the people on the
dramatic competition jury just watch those films. This way everything is made
easy for the jury members and no one is expected to watch everything.
So are you curious who is in what jury? The names of
the members and the jury categories are listed below. I’m just posting the
press release as it is very organized and it gives some background on each
Much more coming later today…
2007 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES JURY MEMBERS
U.S. and International Jurists
include: Mos Def, Sarah Polley, Catherine Hardwicke, Carlos Sandoval, Raoul
Peck, Carlos Bolado, Jared Hess, and Darren Aronofsky.
Park City, UT—The 2007 Sundance Film Festival
announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at Festival,
which runs January 18-28, 2007 in Park
City, Sundance Resort, Salt Lake City, and Ogden,
Utah. The juries are made up of
twenty-four individuals selected from the global film community, each of whom
are bringing a broad range of experience and a unique perspective on
film. The award-winners will be announced on the evening of January 27 at
the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park City Racquet Club.
The six juries include: U.S. Dramatic Competition—
Mos Def, Catherine Hardwicke, Dawn Hudson, Pamela Martin, and Sarah Polley; U.S.
Documentary Competition— Alan Berliner, Lewis Erskine, Lauren Greenfield,
Julia Reichert, and Carlos Sandoval; World Dramatic Competition —
Carlos Bolado, Lynne Ramsay, and U-Wei Bin Haji Saari; World Documentary
Competition—Raoul Peck, Juan Carlos Rulfo, and Elizabeth Weatherford; American
and International Shorts—Jared Hess, Daniela Michel, and Mark Rosenberg;
and the Alfred P. Sloan Prize—Darren Aronofsky, Ann
Druyan, Dr. Brian Greene, Howard Suber, and John Underkoffler.
Many of the jurists will be in attendance at the 2007
Sundance Film Festival Opening Press Conference on Wednesday, January 18th
at 2:00 pm at the Egyptian Theatre in Park
blessed to an enormously talented group of jurors this year, who include some
of the most exceptional individuals in the independent film community both in
here an abroad,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Director of the Sundance Film Festival.
“Ranging from influential directors, innovative editors, last year’s
award-winners and industry leaders, these jurists truly bring a variety of
experience and perspective to the table.”
Independent Film Competition is the heart and soul of the Sundance Film
Festival program. It has introduced audiences to many of the best
American independent films and filmmakers of the past 23 years. American films
selected to screen in the Dramatic and Documentary Competitions are eligible
for a number of jury awards including: Grand Jury Prizes, Directing
Awards, and Excellence in Cinematography Awards. The Waldo Salt
Screenwriting Award will be presented by the Dramatic Competition Jury and
the Documentary Editing Award, now in its third year, will be presented
to the editor of an exceptional documentary film by the Documentary Competition
in 2005, the World Cinema Competition reflects the Festival’s commitment to
international film and to stimulating creative dialogue among and within
cultures. The dramatic and documentary sections of the U.S. and World
Cinema Competitions each present sixteen films, for a total of sixty-four films
that screening in competition. The World Dramatic and Documentary Competition
Juries will present a Jury Prizes in World Cinema.
Shorts Jury will present the Jury Prizes in Short Filmmaking to American
and international filmmakers as well as Honorable Mentions.
Additionally, The Alfred P. Sloan Prize will be presented by its jury to
acknowledge an outstanding film for the quality of its thematic presentation of
science and technology. Films in both Independent and World Competitions are
eligible for the Dramatic and Documentary Audience Awards.
U.S. Dramatic Competition Jury
one of hip-hop’s most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped
a career that transcends musical genres and artistic media. As an actor, Def
has appeared in Spike Lee’s BAMBOOZLED, MONSTER’S BALL, and BROWN SUGAR, for
which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other films include THE
ITALIAN JOB, THE WOODSMAN, JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT, and his
award-winning performance in SOMETHING THE LORD MADE.
choosing thought-provoking and controversial material, Catherine Hardwicke has
secured her place as an auteur and a member of an all-too-diminutive group of
female directors. Her most recent directorial efforts are the historical drama
THE NATIVITY STORY and the skateboarding biopic LORDS OF DOGTOWN. Hardwicke’s
feature-film directorial and screenwriting debut was the critically acclaimed
film THIRTEEN, which won the Directing Award at the 2003 Sundance Film
Hudson—Dawn Hudson has been the Executive Director of Film Independent
(formerly IFP/Los Angeles)
since 1991. Under her leadership, Film Independent has grown seven-fold, from a
900-member organization to its current membership of 6,000. In 2001, Film
Independent acquired the Los Angeles Film Festival. The Los Angeles Film
Festival and the 20-year-old Independent Spirit Awards remain Film
Independent's two signature events.
Martin is a feature-film editor who has many credits to her name, including
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, SAVED!, HOW TO KILL YOUR NEIGHBOR'S DOG, SLUMS OF BEVERLY
HILLS, THE HOUSE OF YES, THE SUBSTANCE OF FIRE, ED'S NEXT MOVE, and SPANKING
THE MONKEY, which won the Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival.
Polley has been writing and directing in Canada for the last several years.
She directed the short films THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE, DON’T THINK TWICE, and I
SHOUT LOVE, which won a 2003 Genie Award for best live-action short.
AWAY FROM HER, this year’s Salt Lake Opening Night Film, is her first
full-length directorial effort.
U.S. Documentary Competition Jury
Berliner—Alan Berliner's uncanny ability to combine experimental cinema,
artistic purpose, and popular appeal in compelling film essays has made him one
most acclaimed independent filmmakers. His films include WIDE AWAKE,
which screened at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, THE SWEETEST SOUND,
NOBODY'S BUSINESS, INTIMATE STRANGER, and THE FAMILY ALBUM.
Lewis Erskine—Lewis Erskine's editing ear was honed by mixing
sound for records and listening to 1970s Black radio, while his eye was trained
by watching the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grow. His work includes
TOOTS, JONESTOWN: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PEOPLES TEMPLE, and the TV series The American Experience.
photographer Lauren Greenfield is considered a preeminent chronicler of youth
culture as a result of her groundbreaking projects Girl Culture and Fast
first documentary film, THIN, premiered in the documentary competition
at Sundance last year. Her photographs have appeared in the New York Times
Magazine, Time, ELLE, and American Photo.
Filmmaker magazine as one of the "godmothers of American
independent film", two-time Academy Award nominee Julia Reichert is no
stranger to documentaries. After an appearance at the 1984 Sundance Film
Festival with SEEING RED: STORIES OF AMERICAN COMMUNISTS and several
screenings on PBS, her films have made an impact throughout the independent
Carlos Sandoval—Carlos Sandoval is the co-producer/director of
FARMINGVILLE, which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film
Festival. His play, The Wolfman and His
Wife, was part of the reading series at the Jungle
Theatre in Minneapolis.
He also worked on immigration and refugee affairs as a member of the U.S.
delegation to the United Nations and as a program officer for the Century
INDEPENDENT CINEMA COMPETITION
screening in the World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competition are eligible
for the World Cinema Jury Prizes, as well as the World Cinema Audience Awards.
Dramatic Competition Jury Members:
native Carlos Bolado’s first film, BAJO CALIFORNIA EL LIMITE DEL TIEMPO, screened
at 1999 Sundance Film Festival and won seven Ariels, Mexico’s highest cinematic
award. He co-directed and edited the 2002 Academy nominated PROMISES, which
also acquired two Emmys. His recent dramatic feature, SÓLO DIOS SABE, screened
at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
native Lynne Ramsay's short film, SMALL DEATHS, won the Jury Prize at
the Cannes International Film Festival in 1996. Her other short films, KILL THE
DAY and GASMAN, garnered numerous awards. Ramsay’s acclaimed debut
feature, RATCATCHER, opened the Edinburgh Film Festival and won its director
the 2000 BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for a newcomer in British film.
Bin Haji Saari—Malaysia
native U-Wei Bin Haji Saari’s first feature film, WOMAN, WIFE AND WHORE, won
five awards at the Malaysian Film Festival, including best film, director, and
screenplay. His latest film, MY BEAUTIFUL RAMBUTAN TREE IN TANJUNG RAMBUTAN,
was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last year and opened the Singapore
Documentary Competition Jury Members:
Peck has developed
experimental works, sociopolitical documentaries, and features such as SOMETIMES IN APRIL, LUMUMBA, THE MAN ON THE SHORE,
and LUMUMBA—DEATH OF A PROPHET. When democracy returned briefly to Haiti in 1995, he
served as Minister of Culture for 18 months. In
2003, the Human Rights Watch awarded Peck with the Irene Diamond Lifetime
three appearances at the Sundance Film Festival (1996, 2000 and 2006) Juan
Carlos Rulfo has established himself as a cutting-edge documentarian. His
most recent film, IN THE PIT, won the World Documentary Jury Prize at
the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
Weatherford is the founding director of the Film and Video
Center of the Smithsonian National
Museum of the American
international Native American Film and Video Festival. She is on the
advisory board of numerous film festivals and has taught classes at New York University.
AND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Film Jury will award prizes based on outstanding achievement and merit in
filmmaking. These will go to American and an International Short
Filmmakers for qualifying films under thirty minutes in length. The
awards will be presented by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Film Jury Members:
first feature film, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE, debuted at the 2004 Sundance Film
Festival and went on to become one of the most successful films of the year.
His second feature, NACHO LIBRE, was released in 2006. He currently
resides in Salt Lake City
with his screenwriter and wife, Jerusha, and their two children.
Daniela Michel became founding director of the Morelia International Film
Festival. Michel has also been organizing film festivals since 1994, when she
began co-directing the Mexican Short Film Forum. She has served as a juror for
the Rockefeller Media Arts fellowships and the Fulbright Institute.
Rosenberg is the founder and artistic director of Rooftop Films in Brooklyn, New
York. Rooftop has shown more than 1,000 films to more
than 30,000 audience members and has supported 50 emerging filmmakers through
the Rooftop Filmmakers Fund and Production Collective.
P. SLOAN PRIZE
Alfred P. Sloan Prize carries a $20,000 cash award and is designed to increase
the visibility of outstanding independent films on science and technology as
well as to showcase the work of emerging filmmakers tackling compelling topics
within these fields.
P. Sloan Prize Jury Members:
Aronofsky won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film,
SUPERMARKET SWEEP, starring Sean Gullette. He then went on to write and direct
the groundbreaking films PI, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, and THE FOUNTAIN.
is a writer and producer who co-created CONTACT, co-wrote the Cosmos television
series, and served as creative director for NASA’s Voyager interstellar message
Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University
and author of The Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos.
Suber is a longtime faculty member at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and
Television, and one of the founders of the UCLA Film and Television
Archive. He is the author of The Power of Film, where he examines the patterns and principles that make films popular and
Underkoffler has worked as a science consultant on MINORITY REPORT, THE
HULK, and AEON FLUX, and is the founder of Oblong Industries.