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Stephens College hosts 9th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival

November 9, 2016

The 9th annual Citizen Jane Film Festival, a celebration of female filmmakers, took place Nov. 3-6 in Columbia.  

This year’s event was a first for Barbie Banks, Citizen Jane’s new director since May.

“I care about women,” Banks said recently in an interview. “I care about college students, especially college women, and giving them opportunities. Citizen Jane seemed like the perfect fit for what I cared about. Being the director is my dream job, and I’m lucky enough to have it.”

Banks said this year’s event included a wide variety of films that anyone could find interesting.

The Citizen Jane Film Festival “is a place for everyone to come and see the best movies made,” she said. “They just happen to be directed by females.”

In addition to a Citizen Jane Summit and panel discussion, this year’s event featured screenings of 15 feature films and seven short programs. There were even short films made by girls under 18. 

The festival was started in 2008 by several Stephens College professors to give students in the Digital Filmmaking program experience running a festival. Student volunteers continue to do the bulk of the work. That first year, the festival attracted such films as Academy Award-nominee “Trouble the Water” and hosted musical talent such as punk songstress Exene Cervenka. A year later, attendance grew by more than 50 percent, solidifying the community’s support of the festival, which was named among the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2015” by MovieMaker Magazine.

Watch a recap of the festival

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