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Fifth annual Citizen Jane Film Festival kicks off weekend festivities

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 6:51 p.m. CDT; updated 8:53 a.m. CDT, Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Citizen Jane Film Festival will take place this weekend from Oct. 19 through Oct. 21. Films will be shown at multiple locations such as Ragtag Cinema, Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, The Bridge, The Warehouse Theatre and Windsor Auditorium at Stephens College. This year's festival has an end of the world theme.

COLUMBIA — The fifth annual Citizen Jane Film Festival began Friday afternoon with a brief discussion, surprisingly enough, about the St. Louis Cardinals. 

"We can talk about sports, if you'd rather," Kerri Yost, the festival co-director, joked about the National League pennant contender.

CITIZEN JANE FILMS

Friday October 19

"Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" — 7:30 p.m. Missouri Theatre

Saturday October 20

"(Re)Discovering Our History" — 10 a.m. Ragtag Cinema

"Sita Sings the Blues" — 11 a.m. Ragtag Cinema (again at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at the Warehouse Theatre) 

"The World Before Her" — 12:45 a.m. Ragtag Cinema 

"Sun Don't Shine" — 1 p.m. The Warehouse Theater (again at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in The Warehouse Theater)

"Short: Portraits" — 1 p.m. Charters Auditorium at Stephens College (again at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday in Charters Auditorium)

"Love and Other Anxieties" — 1:15 p.m. Ragtag Cinema (again at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Ragtag Cinema)

"Empire Builder" — 3 p.m. Ragtag Cinema (again at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Ragtag Cinema)

"The List" — 3 p.m. Windsor Auditorium at Stephens College

Orchids: My Intersex Adventure — 3:15 p.m. Ragtag Cinema (again at 2:15 p.m. on Sunday at Ragtag Cinema)

"The Secret Garden" — 5 p.m. Charters Auditorium at Stephens College

"Birth Story" — 5:30 p.m. Windsor Auditorium

"The Playroom" — 5:45 p.m. The Warehouse Theatre (again at 12 p.m. on Sunday in Charters Auditorium)

"Sexy Baby" — 7:30 p.m. Charters Auditorium (again at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in Windsor Auditorium)

"Existence" — 8 p.m. Windsor Auditorium

"Short: About Love" — 8 p.m. The Warehouse Theatre (again at 12 p.m. on Sunday in The Warehouse Theater)

Sunday October 21

"Short: The Secret Lives of Girls" — 12:15 p.m. Ragtag Cinema

"Short: Emerging Voices" — 4:30 p.m. Charters Auditorium

"Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" — 7 p.m. Windsor Auditorium



Yost moderated the panel of six directors and producers of feature-length films that are scheduled to screen over the weekend. Their topic: "Superwoman: Amazing Feats in Filmmaking."

The film festival showcases independent films by women directors. Stephens College began inviting women to present films to students in 2004; by 2008, it had evolved into the festival.

A total of 29 films are scheduled during the three-day festival. The first, "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" will air at 7:30 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. It's about Arnel Pineda, the Filipino man who replaced Steve Perry as lead vocalist in the band, Journey.

Films throughout the weekend will address alternative perspectives on love, today's hypersexualized cyber world, a quest to save Iraqi lives in danger and a remake of "The Secret Garden."

Capella Fahoome, a producer and member of Friday's panel, talked about the difficulties of scrounging up funding for a film — a typical struggle, she notes, for independent filmmakers. She told the story of how she and director Ramona Diaz conceived the idea for the story behind "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" and then fortuitously discovered the band was already in the middle of a tour. 

Kris Swanberg, another panelist and director, noted the challenge of completing an independent film with a small crew, though she acknowledges the intimacy on set was a boon for her new film, "Empire Builder." It is her second feature-length project. 

"I feel like I always want to make movies like this now," she said. "It's almost like a sleepover."

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.


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