We've pulled together a panel of celebrity judges who will pick the winning ad from among the finalists. Together, these folks have hundreds of years of experience in the film, music, and political communities; they'll also help to ensure that the winning entry receives the attention that it deserves. We're proud to have them on board.
The Bush in 30 Seconds judging panel includes:
Actor, writer, comedian, and musician
Jack Black is a multi-faceted performer with TV, movies, theatre and music on his resume. He's the front man of the band Tenancious D, and is also currently starring in the hit movie, "School Of Rock". Jack got his professional start on the stage, appearing in Tim Robbins' production of "Carnage" at the 1989 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Director/Gorilla Flix, Inc.
Benny Boom is the top ranked music video director of 2003. His extensive experience, tireless work ethic, and creative genius have produced some of the most visually ground-breaking and attention grabbing videos of the new millennium. Formally trained at Temple University's School of Radio, Television, & film, Boom continued his education under the watchful eye of Hype Williams at Big Dog Films, developing his directing eye and honing his skills. He has since directed music videos for P. Diddy, Nas, Nelly, Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, Lil' Kim & LL Cool J, and many others. He starts production on his first feature film next year.
Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile was the campaign manager for Gore/Lieberman 2000—the first African American woman to lead a major presidential campaign. She is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN's Inside Politics and Late Edition, and appears regularly on MSNBC's Hardball and Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes. Ms. Brazile is a senior fellow at the Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland, and was recently appointed as national chair of the Voting Rights Institute.
Political strategist and commentator
James Carville is one of America's most well known and most colorful political consultants. He has managed more campaigns than any other political consultant in America and has expanded his realm of influence to include Europe, the Middle East and South America. Carville is a co-host of CNN's political debate program "Crossfire." An outspoken political strategist and commentator, he served as senior political adviser to President Bill Clinton, whom he is credited with helping to elect.
Margaret Cho is an award winning writer and comedian who's been honored by the National Organization for Women, GLAAD, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Lambda Legal and many others for "making a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender identity." This year, Margaret embarked on her 3rd critically acclaimed sold-out national tour, "Revolution". Her first two tours, "I'm The One That I Want" and "Notorious C.H.O." were made in to films and will be airing on Showtime in January.
An award-winning actor whose successful career has spanned 40 years of film, television, theater and radio. Hector recently received the Diversity Award's prestigious "Integrity Award" and is an avid supporter of several charitable organizations including Amnesty International.
Comedian, author and commentator
An Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer, New York Times bestselling author, and Grammy-winning comedian, Al Franken was part of the original writing staff that created the groundbreaking late night show "Saturday Night Live". In 1992, he anchored Comedy Central's "Indecision ‘92", winning wide critical acclaim for his coverage of both conventions and election night, and has since remained a passionate and outspoken political commentator. His latest book, "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right", was The New York Times #1 bestseller for six weeks and is still on the list.
Comedian, actor and commentator
Janeane is a passionate voice for diplomacy and peace, and has appeared as a political commentator on Crossfire, Inside Politics, Good Morning America, Fox News Sunday, MSNBC and CNN. Janeane rose to fame as a regular on "Saturday Night Live," "The Larry Sanders Show", and the Emmy Award-winning "Ben Stiller Show." She's acted in a number of films, including: "Steal This Movie", "The Laramie Project", "Dogma", and "Reality Bites".
Stanley Greenberg is Chairman of Greenberg Research and CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research . He has served as polling advisor to President Bill Clinton, President Nelson Mandela and Prime Minister Tony Blair and their national campaigns. Greenberg provides strategic advice and research for companies, organizations and campaigns trying to advance their issues amid shifting social currents. He has focused on a range of social issues, including the environment and climate change, technology and the Internet, democratization, globalization and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Producer/Partner/Founder This is that corp.
Ted Hope, together with partners Anthony Bregman and Anne Carey, runs the New York production company This is that, formed out of the production and development arms of the groundbreaking Good Machine. This is that's initial year will yield three features: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 21 Grams, (starring Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro & Naomi Watts), Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (starring Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet) and Kip Williams' The Door in the Floor (starring Jeff Bridges & Kim Basinger, based on a novel by John Irving). Ted Hope has produced/co-produced such groundbreaking films as American Splendor, Todd Field's "In The Bedrom", and many of Ang Lee's films including "Ice Storm", & the Academy Award nominated The Wedding Banquet. Hope got his start as a producer collaborating with Hal Hartley, eight films in all, including "Amateur", "Simple Men" & "Trust". During his time with Good Machine, the company produced over 50 feature and short films, and in 2001, Good Machine was honored with a ten-year retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Producer, Director, Writer
Michael Mann's most recent film was the Academy Award nominated "Ali". Educated at the University of Wisconsin and the London Film School, he was the director of the worldwide critical and commercial success, "Heat", starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, and has directed/co-written/produced such films as "The Insider" starring Russell Crowe, "The Last of the Mohicans", and "Manhunter". In the mid 1980s, Michael Mann was the executive producer Miami Vice, and in 1989, made the six-hour "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story", which won an Emmy for the best miniseries.
Moby is an award winning, Grammy-nominated worldwide multi-platinum selling recording artist, producer and musician with 13 albums under his belt. He's also an activist and owner of NYC café Teany. Moby is a co-founder of MoveOn.org's "Bush in 30 Seconds" project.
Filmmaker and author
Michael Moore is the Oscar-winning filmmaker of "Bowling for Columbine" and the groundbreaking classic "Roger & Me". He is also the Emmy-winning writer/director/host of TV Nation and The Awful Truth. His last book, "Stupid White Men" spent 58 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list,, and his latest book "Dude, Where's My Country?" has been # 1 on both the NY Times and LA Times Best-Seller List since its debut.
This prolific director's resume includes award-winning and groundbreaking music videos, an acclaimed five-part 1996 PBS anthology "The United States of Poetry", a tour across America guided by poets and spoken word artists, as well as the feature films "Going All the Way", "Arlington Road" and "The Mothman Prophecies".
Tony Shalhoub is the star and producer of the Golden Globe and Emmy winning TV series, "Monk." After earning his master's degree from the Yale Drama School and a luminous career on Broadway (including a Tony nomination for his role in "Conservations With My Father"), Tony went on to deliver memorable performances in films as diverse as "Spy Kids" to the critically acclaimed "Big Night", Winning the Best Supporting Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics.
Chairman, CEO Rush Communications
Russell Simmons has been instrumental in bringing Hip-Hop to every facet of business and media: in music with the immensely successful Def Jam Recordings; in film with Simmons Lathan Media Group; in television with HBO's "The Def Comedy Jam" and "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry"; on Broadway with the critically-acclaimed stage production "Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway"; in magazine publishing with "OneWorld" Magazine; and in the community with Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and the Hip Hop Summit Action Network. Russell and his ventures are driven by a personal and corporate belief that hip-hop is an enormously influential agent for social change which must be responsibly and proactively utilized to fight the war on poverty and Ignorance.
As the lead singer and lyricist for R.E.M., Michael helped form the band in 1980 and R.E.M. has since recorded 14 albums. Michael is also a successful independent film producer, founding Single Cell Productions in 1993, and has produced such indie favorites as "Velvet Goldmine", "American Movie" and the Academy Award nominated "Being John Malkovich".
Gus Van Sant
The director of such modern classics as "My Own Private Idaho," "To Die For", and "Good Will Hunting" (receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Director), Gus Van Sant recently won the Palm D'or at the Cannes Film Festival for his critically acclaimed and controversial new film "Elephant". Gus is also the author of the novel "Pink".
Katrina Vanden Heuvel
Editor, The Nation
Since 1865, the Nation has been bringing a critical progressive spirit to the discussion of political and social questions. Katrina Vanden Heuvel is also a member of the board of directors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.
Eddie Vedder has been the lead singer, lyricist and songwriter of Pearl Jam since 1990. Pearl Jam is one of the most influential rock bands of 90s, and continue to make ground breaking music today. Eddie is a passionate defender of human and environmental rights, supporting, with Pearl Jam, many institutions and causes toward that end.
This list is still in formation. The judges listed above have confirmed their participation, but the final panel may change due to scheduling conflicts or other reasons.