Mos Def, Polley on Sundance jury


Actor-rapper Mos Def, director Catherine Hardwicke, Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson, film editor Pamela Martin and actress-director Sarah Polley will serve as jurors for the U.S. dramatic film competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, which begins today in Park City and runs through Jan. 28.

The U.S. documentary competition jury consists of filmmaker Alan Berliner, film editor Lewis Erskine, photographer and docu director Lauren Greenfield, docu filmmaker Julia Reichert and producer-director Carlos Sandoval.

The jury for the world dramatic competition will be made up of editor-turned-director Carlos Bolado, director Lynne Ramsay and director U-Wei Bin Haji Saari.

For the world documentary competition, the jurors are writer-director-producer Raoul Peck, docu filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo and Elizabeth Weatherford, founding director of the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The American and international shorts will be judged by director Jared Hess, film critic and festival director Daniela Michel and Mark Rosenberg, founder and artistic director of Rooftop Films.

The Alfred P. Sloan Prize will be decided by director Darren Aronofsky, writer-producer Ann Druyan, Columbia University professor Brian Greene, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television faculty member Howard Suber and science consultant John Underkoffler.

The winners will be announced Jan. 27 at an awards ceremony at the Park City Racquet Club.