Columbia's Citizen Jane Film Fest announces lineup

Monday, September 9, 2013 | 7:12 p.m. CDT; updated 9:44 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Erika Adair's description of the theme of the Citizen Jane Film Festival.

COLUMBIA — The Citizen Jane Film Festival has announced the movies and events for this year's festival, which will take place Oct. 4 to 6.

Citizen Jane Film Festival information

Tickets and passes to the Citizen Jane Film Festival are available online or at the box office, which is located on the Columbia Foyer of Stephens College, 1405 E. Broadway. 
  • Passes are available now. A pass to all movies costs $60; a pass to the movies and all events cost $100.  
  • Tickets will be available Sept. 15. A general admission ticket costs $8. Students and seniors pay $2 less. 
  • The festival warns moviegoers that unclaimed seats may be given away 15 minutes before showtime. 

The festival will exhibit more than 80 movies and short films created by women, and the organizers hope to land as many filmmaker appearances as they can. 

"We just try to put together a solid festival that everybody will enjoy — whether you're a feminist or not," festival director Paula Elias said. 

The festival's theme is "based on the evolution of women in film," art director Erika Adair said. She added that she hopes the theme challenges people's perceptions of gender roles in the media.

The festival will open with "Maidentrip", a film focusing on Laura Dekker, 14, who set out to become the youngest person to sail around the world. 

Unlike the True/False Film Festival, which will come to Columbia in February, Citizen Jane will feature fictional and animated movies as well as documentaries.

"We have more fiction films than ever before," Elias said.

She said women are better represented among documentary filmmakers but have struggled to make the same inroads in other genres. 

"Being compared with True/False is not a bad thing," Adair said.

"It's a much more intimate festival. People begin and end the festival together — we don't have 15 things going at once," Elias said. 

Citizen Jane began in 2008 in collaboration with Stephens College but has since burst into the surrounding community. Screenings and other events will take place at Ragtag Cinema, the Missouri Theatre, Cafe Berlin, Columbia Access Television and at buildings at Stephens College.

"It's really grown a lot," said Adair, who has worked with Citizen Jane since she was a freshman at Stephens. "We've gotten more support from the community and filmmakers."

Elias said about 150 people — including men — will volunteer this year to run the festival.

"They're a good crew," she said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.

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