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Maidentrip

USA, 81 minutes, 2013
Directed by Jillian Schlesinger
Screening: Girl Power Matinee, Sun Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm (doors 1:30)
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14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, she finds herself far from land, family, and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom and adventure. Dekker's brave and defiant voice is amplified through a mix of her own video and voice recordings at sea — and intimate vérité footage from her remarkable journey.

Jillian Schlesinger is an independent filmmaker and writer-producer-editor of promotional content for television. Her debut feature documentary, Maidentrip, won an Audience Award at SXSW and the Festival Director's Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride.
Jillian has previously worked in various roles on documentaries, including writing, story development, and archival research. She has also written, produced, and edited numerous on-air promotions for television networks, including AMC, Sundance Channel, and BBC America. Her work on Sundance Channel's Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving stunt earned a 2010 PromaxBDA Award in the "Something for Nothing" category.

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