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Sundance juries named; Mullally and Offerman to host awards night

Members of the juries for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival have been announced today — along with the funny couple who will host the closing-night awards show.

Actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have been tabbed to emcee the closing-night show on Jan. 25. Mullally is best known as the acerbic, alcoholic Karen on "Will & Grace," and Offerman stars as libertarian boss Ron Swanson on "Parks & Recreation."

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Mullally and Offerman, who happen to be married to each other, have appeared together on Sundance red carpets — last year for the comedy "The Kings of Summer" (when it was called "Toy’s House"), and in 2012 to support the alcoholism drama "Smashed." This year, Offerman appears in the one-man stand-up show "Nick Offerman: American Ham," and Mullally provides one of the voices in the animated "Ernest & Celestine."

Here are the juries who will be choosing the winners in the major competition categories:

U.S. Documentary jury

• Tracy Chapman, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter.

• Charlotte Cook, director of programming for the Hot Docs film festival.

• Kahane Cooperman, producer of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"; also produced the documentary "Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam."

• Morgan Neville, director of "20 Feet From Stardom."

• Jonathan Oppenheim, documentary film editor ("Paris Is Burning," "Sister Helen," "The Oath").

U.S. Dramatic jury

• Leonard Maltin, film critic for "Entertainment Tonight," film historian.

• Peter Saraf, producer ("The Kings of Summer," "Safety Not Guaranteed," "Our Idiot Brother," etc.); co-founder of the production company Big Beach.

• Lone Scherifg, director of "An Education" and "Italian for Beginners."

• Bryan Singer, director of "The Usual Suspects," "X-Men," "X2" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

• Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate.com.

World Cinema Documentary jury

• Andrea Nix Fine, co-director of "Life According to Sam" and the Oscar-winning short "Inocente."

• Sally Riley, head of the Indigenous Department for Australia’s ABC1 television.

• Caspar Sonnen, created online documentary channel IDFA.tv.

World Cinema Dramatic jury

• Carlo Chatrian, journalist, author and programmer from Italy.

• Sebastián Lelio, Chilean director ("Gloria," "El año del tigre," "Navidad").

• Nansun Shi, Hong Kong producer ("Infernal Affairs," the "Detective Dee" series).

World Cinema Dramatic jury

• Vernon Chatman, TV producer, co-creator of "Wonder Showzen," "Xavier: Renegade Angel" and "The Heart, She Holler."

• Joshua Leonard, actor ("The Blair Witch Project," "Higher Ground," "Humpday") and filmmaker ("The Lie").

• Ania Trzebiatowska, artistic director of the Off Plus Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema in Krakow, Poland.

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize jury (for science in film)

• Dr. Kevin Hand, is deputy chief scientist for Solar System Exploration at NASA.

• Flora Lichtman, science journalist who creates videos for The New York Times and NPR’s Science Friday; co-author fo "Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us."

• Max Mayer, founder and producing director of New York Stage and Film; also wrote "Adam" (which won the Sloan Prize in 2009).

• Jon Spaihts, screenwriter ("The Darkest Hour," "Prometheus").

• Jill Tarter, astronomer and the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for the SETI Institute (and the researcher on whom Jodie Foster’s character in "Contact" was largely based).

-- Sean P. Means



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