Sundance: Cynthia Erivo, Julie Dash Named to Dramatic Jury

Cynthia Erivo and Julie Dash
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Ashley Clark, Joshua Oppenheimer and Lana Wilson will sit on the U.S. documentary jury ahead of awards night on Feb. 2.

The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled a host of industry heavy-hitters for its 2021 pandemic-era jury members.

Daughters of the Dust director Julie Dash, Harriet star Cynthia Eviro and novelist Hanya Yanagihara will judge the U.S. dramatic competition, as they figure among 22 jurors selected to award prizes from six competitions on Feb. 2.

Criterion Collection curator Ashley Clark, The Act of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer and Lana Wilson, the Emmy-winning director of Miss Americana for Netflix, will sit on the U.S. documentary jury. And the World Cinema dramatic jury will be filled by Turkish producer Zeynep Atakan, Young Soul Rebels director Isaac Julien and Chilean actress Daniela Vega, star of A Fantastic Woman.

Elsewhere, jury duty for the World Cinema Documentary competition will be done by director Kim Longinotto; Mohamed Saïd Ouma, executive director of Documentary Africa; and Jean Tsien, a doc editor, producer and consultant. Kate and Laura Mulleavy are named as Next jurors, and the short film jury will be filled by Raúl Castillo, Tacita Dean and Inge de Leeuw.

And Joy Buolamwini, Seeds director Aneesh Caganty and Dr. Mande Holford will sit on the Alfred P. Sloan feature film prize jury alongside Lydia Dean Pilcher and Lena Vurma.

The naming of the jury members follows Sundance unveiling plans for an online hub and U.S. industry theater partnerships to carry off a coronavirus-era indie film showcase to run from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3. Sundance will close with a live-streamed awards night on Feb. 2.