Those who missed out on the Citizen Jane Film Festival this year—or those who just want to see more—are in luck.
The Citizen Jane Film Series will be hosting a viewing of “First Comes Love” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 in the Charters Auditorium in the Helis Communication Center.
Single at 41 in New York City, director Nina Davenport decided to have a baby on her own. In this HBO documentary, she chronicles her journey toward single motherhood.
A question and answer session with the director will take place after the screening. The event is free and open to the public.
The Citizen Jane Film Series, formerly known as the Citizen Jane Lecture Series, brings female filmmakers to campus to screen and discuss their works. It’s part of the broader Citizen Jane initiative, which includes the film festival and a summer academy for middle school girls.
This year, Citizen Jane is taking a portion of its film festival to the Spirit Lake, Iowa, community.
Looking for entertainment beyond the Okoboji Summer Theatre—Stephens’ stock theatre company in Spirit Lake—the community asked Stephens for other entertainment that could be offered throughout the year.
“We agreed to bring a small part of our film series there," Citizen Jane Director Paula Elias said. "Stephens has a strong presence there with Okoboji, and we just want to build on that,”
Spirit Lake isn’t the only town that wants to be part of Citizen Jane.
"We get requests frequently from communities asking us to bring a piece of the Citizen Jane Film Festival to them,” Elias said. “This will let us try that out."
At the Pearson Lakes Art Center there this Saturday, Citizen Jane will be screening “Ms. Ouri Made Shorts, short films made by Missouri filmmakers, and “Remote Area Medical,” an award-winning film about a group of volunteer healthcare providers. Elias will also present information about film trends during a dinnertime discussion.
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