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Stephens College announces new Citizen Jane Film Festival Director

April 15, 2016

Stephens College announces the hiring of Barbie Banks as the new Citizen Jane Festival Director. She will begin her duties in mid-May.

Banks has experience and familiarity with the Citizen Jane Film Festival, an internationally known film festival that is in its ninth year. The festival focuses on independent film by independent women and showcases diverse female filmmakers working in all stages of their careers.

Banks understands many aspects of running successful film festivals from her experience as a volunteer at the Citizen Jane Festival for five years and as the hospitality coordinator with the True/False Film Festival for four years.

Banks presents a well-rounded portfolio of skills, experiences and expertise to lead the Citizen Jane Film Festival and manage the summer camp. For the past six years, she has worked as the program coordinator for the Adult Learning Center, Columbia Public Schools. In this capacity, Banks has provided program management for adult training, literacy and community educational programs; written grants; measured the effectiveness of programs; hired and trained staff; and managed and implemented youth summer camps. 

Banks earned a Master of Social Work in Policy, Planning and Administration from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education from William Woods University. 

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