Tribeca Film Festival Just Corralling All the Celebrities It Can Catch for Jury Duty

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04/14/2010 1:22 PM |

Some Olsen twin at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, sponsored by Chanel. (Photo credit: Some gossip blog. See how this works?)
  • Some Olsen twin at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, sponsored by Chanel. (Photo credit: Some gossip blog. See how this works?)

We won’t pretend that the film festival jury isn’t frequently a bizarre amalgamation of the seemingly qualified, the happenstantially connected, and the buzz-gathering names. (Consider.) Nor will we pretend that there aren’t a number of good or promising films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival (our preview, featuring several of them, will go up next week).

But this year’s juries, announced in a press release yesterday, make it pretty abundantly clear that the TFF is an entity that exists primarily for the sake of the sponsors whose logos appear on the backdrops B-list stars pose in front of during red carpet photo opportunities. Consider.

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  • I worked on the juries one year, and they are really only interested in celebrities, with a couple legendary respect names peppered on for flavor. This year there’s a Cassavettes relative, that year, there was Godard’s daughter. But those luminary spots are very, very limited, and easily trumped, by like anyone from a sitcom, if they were available.