Moore, Goldberg join fest's eclectic panels
NEW YORK — The second Tribeca Film Festival has assembled an eclectic lineup of jurors that includes Michael Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Nora Ephron, Parker Posey, Miuccia Prada, Graydon Carter and Chris Weitz to preside over its feature, doc and short competitions.
Dylan Kidd, whose debut feature “Roger Dodger” was named best film at the inaugural fest, joins Chinese director Chen Kaige, music entrepreneur-turned-producer Art Linson and Weitz to judge the feature competition for first- and second-time directors. Ephron will chair the jury.
Weitz returns to Tribeca after last year screening “About a Boy,” which he co-directed with brother Paul, while Palme d’Or-winning “Farewell My Concubine” helmer Chen this year will screen “Together” in the Showcase section.
Documaker Nick Broomfield, whose “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer” will play at Tribeca, will chair the docu feature competition jury for first- and second-time helmers.
Other members include Posey, who stars in Showcase entry “The Event,” Egyptian screen diva Youssra, bestselling author Queen Noor, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Italian fashion maven Prada and producer-director R.J. Cutler.
“The wide range of experience these jurors bring to the festival — as filmmakers, actors, producers and directors — gives them a broad and informed perspective from which to select the outstanding films of this festival season,” event co-founder Jane Rosenthal said.
Sheila Nevins, the exec VP of HBO and Cinemax responsible for development and production of all doc and family programming, will chair the Documentary >2 jury for more seasoned filmmakers.
Also on the panel is Oscar-winning “Bowling for Columbine” director Moore; two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple; actresses Goldberg and Candice Bergen; Vanity Fair editor Carter; and Nancy Buirski, founder of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, N.C.
Playwright-screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz will chair the shorts jury, comprising Marlo Thomas, Sandra Bernhard, Oscar-winning “Traffic” screenwriter Stephen Gaghan, actor-director-producer Fisher Stevens and Columbia U. School of Arts dean Bruce Ferguson.
The Student Shorts jury will include actress Ann Magnuson; actor-producer-director Adrian Grenier; producer Anne Chaisson; singer Elizabeth Manley Murray; and Veronique Godard, formerly of the New York office of French Cultural Services.
The Tribeca Film Festival starts Saturday and runs through May 11.