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Citizen Jane Film Festival, Ragtag Cinema partner for woman-directed monthly film series

May 11, 2017


The Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens College is teaming up with Ragtag Cinema to bring one woman-directed film a month to the nonprofit independent movie theater in downtown Columbia.

The new collaboration—called Citizen Jane Suggests—begins Friday, May 12, 20017, with the showing of the World War II-set romantic drama “Their Finest,” directed by Lone Scherfig. The evening begins with socializing at 5:30 p.m. followed by a screening of the film at Ragtag, located at 10 Hitt St.

Barbie Banks, director of Citizen Jane Film Festival, said the films will be selected by Ragtag programmers with approval from Citizen Jane organizers. In addition, each film will be reviewed and written about in COMO Living magazine.

Banks hopes the new collaboration will bring more attention to films directed by women and prompt more support for the Citizen Jane Film Festival.

“I will introduce this first film and share any CJ news with the audience,” Banks said.

For the second consecutive year, the Citizen Jane Film Festival has been named one of the 50 film festivals worth the entry fee by MovieMaker Magazine. Banks said she’s already seen an increase in submissions for the festival this year since MovieMaker released its list in mid-April.

The 2017 Citizen Jane Festival takes place Oct 26-29. Learn more on the Citizen Jane Film Festival website

The Citizen Jane Film 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.

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