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2010 Jurors Answer Life's Questions: Part 2

We quizzed TFF 2010 jurors Alicia Keys and Katherine Dieckmann on their favorite movie heroes, their personal philosophies, and why they love New York.

The 2010 Tribeca Film Festival is delighted to announce its juror slate. 36 jurors who are at the top of their field in acting, directing, writing, journalism, and art will decide the winning films in the World Narrative Feature Competition, the World Documentary Feature Competition, the Best New York Narrative Competition, the Best New York Documentary Competition, the Narrative Shorts, the Documentary and Student Shorts, and the Tribeca All Access Competition.

In an effort to get to know these artists a little better, we asked them to submit their answers to some questions about life, art, films, and inspiration. Learn more about singer, songwriter, and actress Alicia Keys and director Katherine Dieckmann.

Click here to explore the full range of fantastic people jurying the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

 



 

Alicia Keys (Juror – Documentary & Student Shorts)
12x Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter who has produced, composed and written multiple albums, contributed to numerous soundtracks, and acted in The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries, and Smokin' Aces

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in movies? In real life?
Better Midler – CC Bloom in Beaches – loved her crazy butt
Tom Hanks – Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia – brutally honest
Barbara Streisand – Esther Hoffman in A Star is Born – just love everything about her

What would your biopic be called?
How a Superwoman Finds Her Wings

Are there any movies that you find yourself quoting all the time?
"And you know this maaaaannnn!!!" From Friday

What's your earliest memory of seeing (and loving?) a movie in the theater?
The Philadelphia Story and Basic Instinct

With what movie character do you identify most?
Jada Pinkett in Set it Off

What gets you up and going in the morning?
Desire, dreams, and plans

What’s your favorite thing about New York?
That it's home and taught me so much of what I know. Plus, the variety and style.

What's your life philosophy or motto?
Believe that everything is possible and honor your spirit.

What's your chief characteristic?
Being loving

What piece of art (film/book/music/what-have-you) do you recommend to your friends?
An artist named Brainwash, a book by Alice Walker called The Temple of My Familiar, and music by Fela Kuti.

 



 

Katherine Dieckmann (Juror – Narrative Shorts)
Independent film director and screenwriter, whose work includes Motherhood, Diggers, and A Good Baby.

 

Who are your favorite heroes/heroines in movies?
Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence, various actresses as Janet Frame in An Angel at My Table, both Meryl Streep and Cher in Silkwood.

In real life?
My nearly-80-year-old friend upstate who wears big hats, big jewelry, and posted a sign reading SHAME in front of her 19th century house when the US invaded Iraq.

 

What would your biopic be called?
Not to Be Picky, But...

Are there any movies that you find yourself quoting all the time?

Preston Sturges' The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

What's your earliest memory of seeing (and loving?) a movie in the theater?
Mary Poppins

With what movie character do you identify most?
Judy Davis in Gillian Armstrong's High Tide (criminally not available on DVD)

What gets you up and going in the morning?

Strong coffee and my two children.

 

What's your favorite thing about New York?
Being able to ride my bike everywhere, and shopping at any Village institution that has survived the homogenizing sledgehammer of gentrification, especially Raffeto's on Houston Street and Florence Meat Market on Jones Street.

What's your life philosophy or motto?

Rise above.

 

What's your chief characteristic?
Compassion.

What piece of art (film/book/music/what-have-you) do you recommend to your friends?

The Magnetic Fields' 3-CD set 69 Love Songs and any novel by Dawn Powell, but above all her Collected Diaries, the quintessential chronicle of a writer underappreciated in her own time



Meet all the 2010 jurors here.

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