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In addition to juried awards, audience members vote to select the John C. Schweiger Audience Award: Dramatic Feature.


Winning films in all categories are announced at the Awards Celebration Sunday, April 15 (p9). Juried and Audience award-winning feature films will have additional screenings on Monday, April 16. Tickets are on sale now!


Jurors – Best Feature, Best Acing Ensemble: Feature


JOHN ANDERSON is a film critic for Variety, Newsday, The Wall Street Journal and appears regularly in the New York Times. He is author of Sundancing and I Wake Up Screening, three-time chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, and member of the National Society of Film Critics.


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ALRICK BROWN’s films have screened in over 60 festivals worldwide, earning numerous honors including the Sundance 2011 World Cinema Audience Award for his feature Kinyarwanda (2011 AIFF Special Jury Mention). Alrick’s work has been described as cinematic archeology because of his vision to unearth stories that otherwise would not be told.


THUY TRAN has managed the USA Fellowship program at United States Artists for five years, which annually awards 50 unrestricted grants of $50k each to media, visual, literary, and performing artists. Since its founding in 2005, USA has put $15M directly in the hands of America’s finest artists.


Additional Juror — Best Acting Ensemble: Feature


CATHERINE E. COULSON is an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and will appear in the 2012 productions of The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa and As You Like It. She has roles in numerous feature films, best known for The Log Lady in the iconic series, Twin Peaks.


Juror – Best Cinematography/ The Gerald Hirschfeld A.S.C. Award: Feature


GERALD HIRSCHFELD A.S.C, is the D.P. of 45+ feature films including Fail-Safe and Young Frankenstein. He is the author of Image Control and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He received the A.S.C.’s Presidents Award and the AIFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2004).


Across the Universe 133 minutes n


2007 n


Sunday 12:00p Director: Julie Taymor n


USA Producers: Matthew Gross, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd n


Producers: Derek Dauchy, Charles Newirth, Rudd Simmons n Ian La Frenais, Julie Taymor n Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel n n Music/Composers: The Beatles, Elliot Goldenthal n Cocker, Salma Hayek, Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood


Executive


Screenwriters: Dick Clement, Editor: Françoise Bonnot


Principal Cast: Joe Anderson, Joe


Set against the backdrop of the 1960’s, amid the turbulent years of anti-war protests, mind exploration and rock ‘n roll, this gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical musical rolls along to the beat of many Beatles hits. This love story moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam.


The star-crossed lovers, Jude and Lucy (Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with “Dr. Robert” (Bono) and “Mr. Kite” (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy — against all odds — to find their own way back to each other. [adult content, language]


Join the director Friday, April 13, 6p for Essential Transformation: In Conversation with Julie Taymor (p10); and Sunday, April 15, 7:30p for the Awards Celebration where Taymor will receive the Artistic Achievement Award (p9).


Julie Taymor Director’s Statement


It was fascinating to be offered a Beatles musical — using 30 Beatles songs — having nothing to do with the Beatles. It’s a completely original story set during the ’60s that takes place in New York and Vietnam and Detroit and Washington and Liverpool, but is not about the Beatles but really is telling the story of that time.


I had the good fortune of being well supported for this movie. I was able to shoot what I wanted to and finish what I wanted to shoot. I’m very, very pleased with it.


And it’s big. It’s not a little art movie. It’s got art in it, but [not] at the expense of entertainment. Since The Lion King, where I was able to cross those two things together—art and entertainment—I really believe that movies can do that as well, more than they do.


Selected Filmography: Frida, The Tempest (2012 AIFF), Titus


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