By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
I warned the organizers. I warned my fellow jurors. I know nothing about filmmaking ... but I love movies, and I watch a ton of them (It's kind of like saying, I didn't direct "The Godfather," but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night!). They asked me anyway. I was a juror this year for the Tribeca Film Festival.
The jury I was on judged the entries in the "World Documentary" category -- a dozen of them. Deliberations were last evening, in a Midtown hotel ... and we had a blast. I developed so much admiration and respect for my fellow jurors and for their viewpoints. It was a great evening. Voices were raised -- but never in anger, just with passion over a great movie or a clunker. We had consensus, we had compromise -- and we were all thrilled with the dynamic and the result. I was sorry to say goodbye to my fellow jurors at the end of the night. It was an unforgettable experience, and I want to thank the good folks at the Festival. It was born in the aftermath of 9-11, and now in its 8th year it has become a New York institution like the neighborhood in its title.
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