double takes: Citizen Jane Film Festival

I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend working as a volunteer at the Citizen Jane film festival. The 3-day event aimed to showcase women behind and in front of the camera. It was such an incredible experience getting to see a marathon of movies, attend empowering panels and speak with a number of accomplished directors. A few of my favorite films from the weekend I recommend seeing if you get the chance:

Trouble the Water: “Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble the Water is directed and produced by Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine producers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. The film tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband, trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters, who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning. It’s a redemptive tale of self-described street hustlers who become heroes that takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. ”

Frozen River: “The story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation straddles the US-Canadian border….”

The Order of Myths: “The first Mardi Gras in America was celebrated in Mobile, Alabama in 1703. In 2007, it is still racially segregated. Filmmaker Margaret Brown, herself a daughter of Mobile, escorts us into the parallel hearts of the city’s two carnivals….”

Summercamp!: “Summercamp! follows the day-to-day drama of 90 kids let loose in the woods at Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin. Camp is a place where kids can be kids, where their home and school lives momentarily fade into the background as they go through the highs and lows of adolescent rituals: sing-alongs, talent shows, homesickness, counselor mutiny–and first love….”

Examined Life: “Examined Life takes philosophy out of the darkened corners of academia and into the hustle and bustle of the everyday, a visual reminder that great ideas are born through profound engagement with the world around us….Examined Life interweaves fascinating “walks” with philosophers through places that hold special resonance for them and their ideas….”