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Sundance 2010 unveils juries, plus a peek at short-film lineup

January 12, 2010 | 12:01 pm


An impressive list of talent from the independent film world has been elected to the five film juries for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Among the participants this year: filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me,") indie stalwart Parker Posey, director Karyn Kusama ("Jennifer's Body") and novelist Russell Banks ("The Sweet Hereafter). The complete list of Sundance film jurors in their respective categories is as follows:

U.S. Documentary Competition Jury: 

Greg Barker - director of "Sergio," which won the Documentary Editing Award at Sundance 2009, and is shortlisted for a 2010 Oscar;

Dayna Goldfine - producer/director of "Ballets Russe," which played Sundance 2005, with partner Dan Geller;

Nancy Miller - senior editor, "Wired";

Morgan Spurlock - Sundance 2004 winner and Academy Award nominee for "Super Size Me";

Ondi Timoner - two-time Sundance Grand Jury prize winner for "DIG!" and "We Live in Public".

U.S. Dramatic Competition Jury:

Russell Banks: author, "The Sweet Hereafter," "Affliction," "Rule of the Bone," "The Reserve";

Jason Kilot: Oscar-nominated producer of "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," as well as "Chuck and Buck," "Coffee and Cigarettes," "The Assassination of Richard Nixon" and "Broken English";

Karyn Kusama: director of "Girlfight," which won the Directing Award and shared the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2000, as well as "Aeon Flux" and "Jennifer's Body";

Parker Posey: Special Jury Prize winner for "The House of Yes" at Sundance 1997, and star of numerous films including "Waiting for Guffman," "Broken English," "Superman Returns," "Dazed and Confused";

Robert Yeoman: Wes Anderson's cinematographer for "Bottle Rocket" and the "The Darjeeling Limited," as well as "Drugstore Cowboy," "CQ" and "The Squid and the Whale."

World Cinema Documentary Competition Jury:

Jennifer Baichwal: director/producer of "Manufactured Landscapes," "Act of God";

Jeffrey Brown: senior correspondent for "NewsHour";

Asako Fujioka: director, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

World Cinema Dramatic Competition Jury:

Alison Maclean: award-winning director of "Crush" and "Jesus' Son";

Lisa Schwartzbaum: film critic for Entertainment Weekly;

Sigurjon "Joni" Sighvatsson: producer, "Brothers," "Basquiat," "Wild at Heart";

Shorts Competition Jury:

Sterlin Harjo: director, "Four Sheets to the Wind," a Special Jury Prize winner at Sundance 2007, and "Barking Water";

Brent Hoff: editor, co-founder, Wholpin DVD; 

Christine Vachon: producer, "Poison," "Boys Don't Cry," "I'm Not There," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Velvet Goldmine," "Far from Heaven."

The awards for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival will be announced on Jan. 30; the festival itself runs Jan. 21-31 in Park City, Utah.

And if you want a glimpse at this year's short-film lineup at Sundance, Cinematical has posted the first in a series of trailers for the dramatic, documentary and animated shorts in competition this year. The post rightly points out that this year's shorts lineup might be overshadowed by the celebrity presence of films by Spike Jonze and James Franco ("Herbert White"), which is unfortunate, as so many terrific efforts are part of the lineup. Among the most eye-catching are "Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No," director James Blagden's psychedelic animated interpretation of the infamous 1970 no-hitter pitched by Pittsburgh Pirates hurler Dock Ellis while under the influence of acid; Jordan Vogt-Roberts' black comedy "Successful Alcoholics," with "Cloverfield" co-stars Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller as a pair of functioning yet dysfunctional booze hounds; and the marvelous "One Square Mile of Earth," which plays as a children's novel as imagined by Bret Easton Ellis. 

-- Paul Gaita

Photo: Morgan Spurlock. Credit: Getty Images. 

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