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The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival is all staffed up on the star power of its jury.
Liev Schreiber, Danny Glover, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Laura Poitras, Steve Buscemi, David Gordon Green, Anne Carey, Alan Yang, Parker Posey, Mya Taylor, Sheila Nevins, Mike Birbiglia, Chloe Grace Moretz, Rachael Leigh Cook, Judy Greer, Jessica Alba, Steve Aoki, Jennifer Westfeldt, Mark Consuelos, Shay Mitchell and Jason Biggs are among the jurors in the fest’s 11 competitive categories.
The winning films in each category will be announced at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 21 at 42 W NY.
The festival is set to run April 13-24. See a sampling of this year’s jurors and their respective categories.
U.S. Narrative Competition
Anne Carey: Carey is an Independent Spirit Award-winning producer and president of production at Archer Gray. As an independent producer, Carey has collaborated with seminal filmmakers such as Ang Lee, Mike Mills, Liz Garbus and Mari Heller. Recent credits include Mr. Holmes, The Diary of a Teenage Girl and the upcoming 20th Century Women.
James Le Gros: Independent Spirit Award- and SAG Award-nominated actor whose credits include Drugstore Cowboy, Living in Oblivion, Safe, Lovely & Amazing, Zodiac, Ally McBeal, Mildred Pierce, Girls and the upcoming Certain Women.
Chris Nashawaty: Nashawaty has been a writer at Entertainment Weekly since 1993, and the magazine’s film critic since 2013. He is the author of Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of the B-Movie.
Mya Taylor: Taylor is an actress and singer best known for her acclaimed role as Alexandra in Sean Baker’s award-winning 2015 film Tangerine. For her performance, she was the recipient of an Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actress, designating her the first transgender actor to win at the awards show.
Jennifer Westfeldt: Westfeldt is a Tony-nominated actress and filmmaker, best known for writing and starring in the indie hits Kissing Jessica Stein and Friends With Kids (which marked her directorial debut).
International Narrative Competition
Hany Abu-Assad: Abu-Assad was born in Nazareth, studied in Holland and makes movies globally. His films Paradise Now and Omar were both nominated for Oscars.
Jean Reno: Reno is a renowned French actor who gained international recognition with pivotal roles in films such as Mission Impossible opposite Tom Cruise, Ronin opposite Robert De Niro and The DaVinci Code opposite Tom Hanks. Reno will next appear on the big screen in The Promise, a film directed by Terry George, and The Last Face, directed by Sean Penn.
Lydia Dean Pilcher: Pilcher is founder of Cine Mosaic, and producer of over 35 features including a long-term partnership with director Mira Nair. Recent films include the upcoming Queen of Katwe for Disney, The Lunchbox and Academy Award-nominated Cutie & the Boxer.
Sam Taylor-Johnson: Taylor-Johnson is an internationally renowned artist working mostly in the photographic medium. She is also a critically acclaimed film director who has recently become the box office’s highest-grossing female director. Film credits include Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey and Love You More.
Danny Glover: Glover, an actor, producer and humanitarian, has been a commanding presence onscreen and onstage for more than 30 years. His film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller indie features. Glover co?founded N.Y.-based Louverture Films, has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program and is currently serving as UNICEF Ambassador.
World Documentary Competition
Laura Poitras: Poitras is a filmmaker best known for her post-9/11 trilogy and Citizenfour. Her exhibition Astro Noise is at the Whitney Museum until May 1. She is co-creator of Field of Vision, and is editing a film about Julian Assange.
Douglas Tirola: Tirola is an award-winning director and producer whose work includes Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, Kate Plays Christine, Hey Bartender and Making the Boys. He is president of N.Y.-based production company 4th Row Films.
Roger Ross Williams: Academy Award winner Williams is the director of the acclaimed films Music by Prudence, God Loves Uganda and the recent Sundance award-winning Life, Animated.
Albert Maysles Award (Best New Documentary Director Award)
Jason Biggs: Biggs was most recently seen starring on Broadway in the critically acclaimed Heidi Chronicles opposite Elisabeth Moss. He can also be seen in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.
Karen Cooper: Since 1972, Cooper has been Film Forum’s director, presiding over the growth of the NYC non-profit cinema. Cooper and Mike Maggiore co-program the theater’s NYC premieres.
Sebastian Silva: Silva, a Chilean writer-director, has been one of the rare talents to win international acclaim very early in his career. His work has been recognized and awarded at the Golden Globes and Sundance on multiple occasions. Silva recently directed and acted in the film Nasty Baby, which premiered at Sundance.
Narrative Short Film Competition
Mike Birbiglia: Birbiglia is a comedian, writer, actor and director. He is currently starring in his third critically acclaimed one-person show, Thank God for Jokes. The upcoming feature film Don’t Think Twice, which he wrote, directed and stars in, will be released later this year.
Chloe Grace Moretz: Moretz made her debut at age 7 and has starred in more than 35 films since then. From TV, films and theater to lending her voice for animated pics, Moretz has done it all. Her recent releases include The Fifth Wave, If I Stay and The Equalizer. She has been recognized for her performances by leading publications and has won various awards as well.
Sheila Nevins: Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, is one of the most awarded producers of all time. Her honors include 31 Primetime Emmys, 34 News and Documentary Emmys, 40 George Peabody Awards and a 2005 Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Documentary and Student Visionary Competitions
Maria Cuomo Cole: Cuomo Cole is an award-winning producer of the feature documentary Newtown, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. In her career, she has tackled such relevant subjects as gun violence, homelessness, veterans’ PTSD, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Mark Conseulos: Conseulos, an actor and producer, will next be seen in the feature films Nine Lives and All We Had and the TV series Queen of the South. Recent credits include Kingdom and Alpha House.
Jessica Yu: Yu is an Oscar-winning director of documentaries, shorts and scripted films, including Breathing Lessons and Last Call at the Oasis, and such TV shows as American Crime and Parenthood.
Parker Posey: Posey, known as the “Queen of Indies,” recently appeared in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and also appeared on Louis CK‘s critically acclaimed series Louie.
Alan Yang: Yang is co-creator of the Netflix series Master of None. He previously was a writer and producer for Parks and Recreation, for which he was nominated for an Emmy in 2015.
Nora Ephron Prize
Rachael Leigh Cook: Cook is best known for her acting roles in the pics She’s All That, Josie and the Pussycats, Into the West and Perception. She has also appeared in many critically acclaimed films alongside Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Judy Greer: Greer is a prolific actress of film and television that has appeared in over 80 roles to date, including in The Descendants, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, 13 Going on 30 and many more.
Mary Stuart Masterson: Founder of Stockade Works, a net zero film and technology studio in Kingston, N.Y., Masterson’s film, TV and theater career has received acclaim both as an actor and director. Her directorial debut, The Cake Eaters, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2007.
Tribeca X Award
Laurie Anderson: Anderson is a renowned multimedia artist and lives in New York.
Scott Carlson: Carlson is a man of many talents. Over the period of 20 years, he has worked at several agencies and co-founded Van’s General store. He is a renowned storyteller from the advertising industry who has mastered fine arts, films, digital media and pop culture.
Judy McGrath: McGrath, an Emmy Award-winning MTV Networks veteran, has championed creating content for young adult consumers. In 2013 she founded Astronauts Wanted, a next-gen digital studio and a joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment.
Liev Schreiber: Schreiber, a Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy nominee, is one of the finest American actors who was recently seen in the Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning film Spotlight. He has also won a Tony, and in 2005 he made his feature directorial debut with Everything Is Illuminated.
Hank Willis Thomas: Thomas is a N.Y.-based photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. He was recently appointed to the Public Design Commission for the city of New York.
Tribeca Snapchat Shorts
Jessica Alba: Alba is an actress, advocate and New York Times best-selling author. She also is founder and chief creative officer of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty.
Steve Aoki: Aoki is a Grammy-nominated international producer, DJ, electronic music entrepreneur and founder of the trend-setting record label, events/ lifestyle company and apparel line Dim Mak.
Steve Buscemi: Buscemi is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He starred in the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, which garnered him a Golden Globe, two SAG Awards and two Emmy nominations. Buscemi is currently appearing in Louis C.K.’s critically acclaimed web series Horace and Pete.
DJ Khaled: Khaled is an American record producer, radio personality, DJ and record label executive.
David Gordon Green: Green is a director that has made such films as George Washington, All the Real Girls, Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Prince Avalanche, Joe, Manglehorn and Our Brand Is Crisis, as well as the HBO series Eastbound and Down. He is currently working on the Amazon series Red Oaks, the HBO series Vice-Principals and the film Stronger.
Vashti Kola: Kola is an accomplished music video director, designer & DJ from NYC. She has directed videos for artists such as Justin Bieber and Kendrick Lamar, designed collaborations with Puma and Brand Jordan and and DJs worldwide.
Marc Mathieu: Mathieu is chief marketing officer of Samsung Electronics America and is responsible for marketing the company’s portfolio of mobile, virtual reality, home entertainment and home appliances as well as signature services including the Milk platform and Samsung Pay.
Shay Mitchell: Mitchell is most recognizable for her leading role on ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars. She will next be seen in Mother’s Day opposite Jennifer Aniston. Mitchell recently released her first novel, BLISS.
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