Tribeca NYC Jury: From Whoopi Goldberg to Souleymane Cissé

Whoopi Goldberg
Tribeca NYC film festival jury member Whoopi Goldberg.

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 20-May 1, has announced its jurors. [Full list of Tribeca 2011 jury.] In the internationally eclectic list are found Malian filmmaker Souleymane Cissé, Your Highness' David Gordon Green, The Tillman Story's Amir Bar-Lev, Bullets Over Broadway's Dianne Wiest, The Cove's Louie Psihoyos, Ghost's Whoopi Goldberg, Up in the Air's Anna Kendrick, American Gigolo's Lauren Hutton, The Sweet Hereafter filmmaker Atom Egoyan, and Sleepless in Seattle's Nora Ephron.

Also: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work's Annie Sundberg, Little Miss Sunshine's Paul Dano, producer Christine Vachon, Little Children's Patrick Wilson, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's Michael Cera, and curiously, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

All that talent will be divided among the Tribeca Film Festival's six competitive categories. The winners will be announced on April 28 at a ceremony hosted by Gideon Yago, which will be streamed live on

The six Tribeca juries will award a total of $175,000 in cash and prizes. Winners will also receive a piece of original art by “an acclaimed artist” as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program.

2011 Tribeca Film Festival jurors and their respective categories.

World Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition are:

  • Souleymane Cissé: Noted Malian director; films include the 1995 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Waati, 1987 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Brightness and Tell Me Who You Are.
  • Scott Glenn: Actor; films include The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, The Virgin Suicides, Freedom Writers, The Bourne Ultimatum, W., Secretariat, Sucker Punch and TFF 2011 selection Magic Valley.
  • David Gordon Green: Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include George Washington, All the Real Girls, Great World of Sound, Pineapple Express, the recently released Your Highness and the upcoming film The Sitter.
  • Rula Jebreal: Journalist, author, screenwriter and actress: books include The Bride from Assuan, Rejected and Miral, which was adapted into a film of the same name.
  • Art Linson: Gotham award winning producer; films include Singles, Fight Club, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild, What Just Happened and The Runaways.
  • Jason Sudeikis: Actor. Best known for roles in Going the Distance, Hall Pass and 2011 TFF selection A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Also a cast member on television’s Saturday Night Live.
  • Dianne Wiest: Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress; films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Synecdoche, New York and the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.

The jurors for the 2011 World Documentary Competition are:

  • Amir Bar-Lev: Documentary filmmaker and producer; films include Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story and the upcoming Garcia.
  • Michael Cera: BAFTA and SAG Award nominated actor; films include Superbad, Juno, Youth In Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Currently filming The Untitled Mark Webber Project.
  • RJ Cutler: Oscar nominee and Emmy Award winning director/producer; films include The War Room, Thin, and The September Issue.
  • Abigail Disney: Film producer and philanthropist; films include 2008 TFF Best Documentary Winner, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Children of Invention, Sons of Perdition and the upcoming narrative feature Return.
  • Whoopi Goldberg:Moderator on television’s The View, andactress, comedian, humanitarian with Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony and Grammy wins. Recent films include Toy Story 3, For Colored Girls and the upcoming A Little Bit of Heaven.
  • Louie Psihoyos: Oscar and DGA winning director; films include The Cove and the upcoming The Singing Planet.
  • Peter Scarlet: Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, former Artistic Director of TFF and former Director of the Cinematheque Francaise.

Emerging Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 Emerging Narrative Competition are:

  • Paul Dano: Independent Spirit and SAG award nominated actor; films include L.I.E., Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, the recently released Meek’s Cutoff and the upcoming Another Bulls*t Night in Suck City.
  • Atom Egoyan: Oscar, Golden Palm and Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Felicia’s Journey, Where the Truth Lies, Adoration, and Chloe.
  • Zoe Kazan: TFF 2009 Best Actress winner for The Exploding Girl; other films include Me and Orson Welles, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, It’s Complicated and the recently released films Happythankyoumoreplease, and Meek’s Cutoff.
  • Anna Kendrick: Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe , SAG, Independent Spirit and Tony award nominated actress; films include Rocket Science, the Twilight series, Up in the Air, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and the upcoming Live With It.
  • Rainn Wilson: Emmy and SAG Award nominee for television’s The Office; films include Juno, The Rocker, Hesher and the just completed Few Options.

The jurors for the 2011 Emerging Documentary Competition are:

  • Margaret Bodde: Documentary producer and film preservationist; films include No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Time Piece, Public Speaking and the upcoming Living in the Material World: George Harrison.
  • Jared Cohen: Director of Google Ideas, Adjunct Fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations and Author of One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide, and Children of Jihad: A Young American's Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East
  • J. D. Heyman: Executive Editor of People and former editor at Us Weekly. Held editorial positions at Cosmopolitan and the New York Daily News. Author of books include Get a Life: A Guide to Jobs, Money and the Real World, and The Singled Out Guide to Dating.
  • Lauren Hutton: Fashion icon, actress, television host and beauty industry pioneer. Film roles include American Gigolo and, more recently, The Joneses. Guest star on television’s Nip/Tuck and host of several shows, including a late-night talk show.
  • Annie Sundberg: IFC and Sundance award nominated director; films include The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.


Short Film Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 Narrative Short Film Competition are:

  • David O. Russell: Oscar, Golden Globe nominee and Independent Spirit Award Winner: films include Spanking the Monkey, Flirting with Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees, The Fighter and the upcoming Nailed.
  • Nora Ephron: Multiple Oscar, Golden Globe nominated and BAFTA winning writer-director; films include Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally …, Sleepless in Seattle and Julie and Julia.
  • Ceci Kurzman: Founder of Nexus Management Group, whose clients include Shakira, and consultant for the Global Philanthropy Group.
  • Denis Leary: Golden Globe and Emmy nominate actor/writer/producer; work includes Rescue Me, In Search of Ted Demme and the Ice Age films.
  • Fran Lebowitz: Author noted for her social commentary, recently the subject of the HBO documentary Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese.
  • Paul Schneider: Actor and screenwriter; films include All the Real Girls, The Family Stone, Lars & the Real Girl, Bright Star, Away We Go & the upcoming Water for Elephants.
  • Jimmy Wales: Internet entrepreneur and Co-founder of Wikipedia.

The jurors for the 2011 Documentary and Student Short Film Competitions are:

  • Ahmed Ahmed: Comedian and director; noted for his directorial debut Just Like Us, an official selection of the 2010 Tribeca and Doha Tribeca film festivals. Other films include the UAE film City of Life and Iron Man.
  • Agnes Gund: President Emerita of MoMA, noted philanthropist, and collector of modern and contemporary art.
  • Zoe Kravitz: Actress; film roles include The Brave One, Birds of America, The Greatest and the upcoming Beware the Gonzo (a 2010 TFF selection and upcoming release by Tribeca Film), Yelling to the Sky and X:Men: First Class.
  • Nicole Lapin: Anchor of CNBC’s Worldwide Exchange, contributor to Today, Morning Joe, Daily Rundown, and Jansing & Co, as well as the Huffington Post. Former anchor at CNN.
  • Lisa Shields: VP of Communications and Marketing, Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Christine Vachon: Independent Spirit Award winning producer. Films and television projects include Mildred Pierce, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, I’m Not There, and Cairo Time.
  • Patrick Wilson: Golden Globe nominated actor; best known for Little Children, Watchmen, Hard Candy and Angels in America; upcoming films include The Ledge, and Young Adult.

Student Academy Awards

Tanel Toom, Luke Matheny, Maria Royo, Student Academy Awards 2010 Student Academy Award winners: (front row, left to right) Kim Spurlock, Jennifer Bors, Lumbomir Kocka, Emily Hendricks, Rebekah Meredith, Tanel Toom, Andres Salaff, Ruth Fertig; (back row, left to right) Luke Matheny, Kevin Gordon, Varathit Uthaisri, Jeremy Casper, Maria Royo, Isaiah Powers


No less than 523 entries from students representing 136 U.S. colleges and universities, in addition to 52 entries from 32 countries (mostly from Europe and the Americas), are in competition for the 2011 Student Academy Awards. An awards presentation ceremony, which will include screenings of the winning films, will be held on Saturday, June 11, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Better late than never: For the first time since the Student Academy Awards were established in 1972, up to three films may be honored with medals and cash grants in the Foreign Student Film category, just like in the individual U.S. categories. In years past, only the top winner was announced; said winner received a smaller cash grant than the equivalent American winners.

As per the Academy's press release, the Student Academy Awards were created “to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards and corresponding cash grants may be presented in each of four categories: Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Alternative.”

Last February, 2010 Student Academy Award winner Luke Matheny won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film for God of Love. Tanel Toom, the 2010 Honorary Foreign Film winner, was also nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for The Confession, and John Lasseter, a Student Academy Award winner in 1979 and 1980, was nominated for the Adapted screenplay for Toy Story 3.

Since the program's inception, Student Academy Award winners have gone on to earn 43 Oscar nominations and have won 8 Academy Awards.

A complete list of schools and countries represented in the competition is available at

The 38th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 11 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available beginning on May 2. Tickets may be obtained online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Photo: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Boris Karloff & Jean Harlow book signings

Jean Harlow in Hollywood Mark Vieira, Darrell Rooney
Jean Harlow

Boris Karloff's daughter Sara Karloff, and authors Mark Vieira and Darrell Rooney will be at Larry Edmunds Bookshop signing books later this month. Karloff will be signing copies of Stephen Jacobs' authorized Boris Karloff biography, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster. Vieira and Rooney will sign their own Harlow in Hollywood, a photo book/biography of 1930s MGM star Jean Harlow.

Karloff will be present on Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. That evening, Larry Edmunds will also screen “This Is Your Life Boris Karloff” and clips of Karloff in color as “the Monster.”

Vieira and Rooney will be at Larry Edmunds on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

Larry Edmunds is located at 6644 on Hollywood Blvd. More info at

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