Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham to Selected for 2016 Sundance Festival Juries
Jon Hamm and Lena Dunham have been selected to serve on the competition jury for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
The Mad Men star and Girls creator Dunham will help judge the U.S. drama entries, alongside casting director Avy Kaufman, music supervisor Randall Poster, and Black List founder Franklin Leonard.
Comedian Keegan-Michael Key will be among those overseeing the short film contest, while The Cove director Louie Psihoyos and The Hunting Ground filmmaker Amy Ziering have been invited to sit on the panel for the U.S. documentary competition, reports Variety.com.
2016 Sundance Festival Juries
Other festival jurors include Amy Winehouse documentary director Asif Kapadia, actress Kerry Bishé, and Another Earth filmmaker Mike Cahill.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by new Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on January 30, 2016, at the end of the independent film festival, which kicks off on January 21, 2016.
After being nominated five times, Hamm finally took home a Golden Globe Award on January 10, 2016, in the Best Actor – Television Series Drama category for his work in period drama Mad Men.
The star has previously spoken of how he handled being rejected so many times, noting he and his friend Amy Poehler came up with a plan to throw a party for losers after an Emmy Awards ceremony.
“We hadn’t lost yet, but we were nominated and so certain we were going to lose,” Jon recalled while appearing on TV show Late Night with Seth Meyers. “We called it the Losers Lounge. We were like, ‘We should throw a party for all the losers.’ There is only one winner, there are more losers than winners, so why shouldn’t the others have a party. Then we can always get in and we don’t have to stand in line.”