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Citizen Jane documentary ‘Maidentrip’ offers fresh perspective

Citizen Jane documentary ‘Maidentrip’ offers fresh perspective

The opening film of the Citizen Jane Film Festival, “Maiden Trip”, was shown at the Missouri Theatre last night at 7:30pm. The documentary, which was about the youngest person to sail around the world, featured a 14-year-old Dutch girl named Laura Dekker.  The film was followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker, Jillian Schlesinger. […]

Citizen Jane Film Festival returns to Columbia

This weekend marks the third annual Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens College.  The women’s college hosts the film festival every year in order to exhibit films made by women.  Only nine percent of films in the top 250 box office list in 2012 were made by women, according to The New York Times.  That […]

‘About Love’ features shorts to laugh along with at home

It’s Thursday afternoon, and it seems like it’s been a month or so since Saturday night when I saw a collection of shorts at the Citizen Jane Film Fesitval under the title ‘About Love.’ Reminiscing on the seven-short-conglomerate, I pondered, during my otherwise stressful night, two of the funnier short films. The first covered love as a […]

‘Orchids’ blossoms into a self-reflective, relatable story

‘Orchids’ blossoms into a self-reflective, relatable story

Usually, I can categorize films in two ways: the fun loving movies that entertain you for a good 90 minutes, and end with no impact and the movies which leave you pondering the morals and the meaning of life for days. Upon watching “Orchids: My Intersex Adventure”, however, my categories had to morph into one. […]

‘Existence’ shatters creative boundaries, provokes thought

‘Existence’ shatters creative boundaries, provokes thought

There is something haunting, twisted and yet achingly beautiful about “Existence.” The film, shot on the coast of New Zealand, is not only visually gorgeous, but physically chilling. For the first time in a long time, I had to calm my racing heartbeat after stepping out of the auditorium. The film, written and directed by […]

‘The World Before Her’ reveals two sides of same nation

Images flash across the screen. A woman wearing a Rajasthani lehenga, a traditional full length skirt and blouse adorned with a long sash, sweeps the dirt from the road with a broom made of bound twigs. Lights flash in the dark of night, illuminating the sweaty faces of people crowding the streets. Rickshaws and autos […]

‘The Playroom’ plays with heartstrings

Oftentimes when eleven o’ clock comes and goes and I’m still swamped in all the homework I haven’t done, I think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great if I was a kid again?” In the independent film “The Playroom,” directed by Julia Dyer, the imagination of four children past their bedtime allows audiences to revisit childhood […]

‘Love and Other Anxieties’ fails to go anywhere

I walked into the cozy, bright-walled and sofa-stuffed Ragtag theater with high expectations. Upon watching the charming trailer, I decided Lyda Kuth’s “Love and Other Anxieties” just looked like one of those documentaries critics rave about, throwing the words “poignant,” “profound” and “must-see” around. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but, as a critic, those […]

‘Everyman’s Journey’ proves to be as clever as title

I am not a die-hard fan of Journey (I’ll admit, I only know, and vaguely at that, a few of their hits), but Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey made me wish I were. It has been nearly 40 years since the start of the quintessential American rock band, but Journey has proven that they can change […]

‘The List’ exposes the mess America made

We all know the war in Iraq is over. But is it really for the Iraqis? The documentary “The List“ shows the plight of the Iraqi allies of the U.S. and the List Project’s work to save them. The project focuses on rescuing Iraqi men and women who worked for the U.S. and are now on […]