The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival announced a star-studded jury lineup this morning at a press conference at Manhattan's Community College in Tribeca. Actress Uma Thurman read the list of six different juries, which features an intensely eclectic mix of people from Mary-Kate Olsen, Rachael Ray, and Whoopi Goldberg to Todd Haynes, James Franco and Rachel Maddow.
"For me, and for people everywhere who love film, Tribeca has become a major event to which we all look forward with anticipation," Thurman said. "And as a New Yorker, it's been wonderful to see the impact the festival has had on the City. This year is especially exciting because I get to be a part of it as a juror. I look forward to watching some incredible films."
The Tribeca Film Festival begins tomorrow night and runs through May 4.
The complete list of juries:
World Competition Categories:
Narrative: Bradley Cooper, Richard Fischoff, Todd Haynes, Meg Ryan and Uma Thurman.
Documentary: Liz Garbus, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. , Whoopi Goldberg, Morgan Spurlock and Brian Williams.
New York Competition Categories:
Narrative: Adrien Brody, Karen Durbin, Richard Ledes, Melissa Leo, Parker Posey, Andre Leon Talley and Beau Willimon.
Documentary: Jon Robin Baitz, Mary Boone, Marc Ecko, Douglas Keeve and Rachael Ray.
Short Film Competition Categories:
Narrative Short: Thomas Haden Church, James Franco, Mary Harron, Debra Messing and Mary-Kate Olsen.
Documentary and Student Short: Bobby Cannavale, Gael Greene, AJ Jacobs, Rachel Maddow and Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.