Hidden Treasure

photos courtesy of  Citizen Jane

When it comes to film festivals, True/False isn’t the only ticket in town. Columbia’s also home to Citizen Jane, celebrating female filmmakers for its ninth year this Nov. 3-6.

Barbie Banks, Citizen Jane’s new director since May, says the festival — named one of the best festivals worth the submission fee by Movie Maker magazine — “is still kind of a hidden treasure here.” Banks is passionate about changing that!

Started by several Stephens College professors to give students in the digital filmmaking program experience running a festival, Stephens now has two film festival production classes. Students, nicknamed “Janies,” do everything from handing out fliers to making videos about directors who are coming to town.

This year’s Citizen Jane festival kicks off on Wed., Nov. 2, with a fun new event. “This year we’re working with PedNet to do a bike pub crawl centered around women’s and bicycles and the bicycle’s connection to women’s rights,” Banks says.

It will be followed on Thursday by an afternoon Citizen Jane Summit about women film festivals: “Do they work? Are they advancing women in film? Or do other festivals feel like they don’t have to program women’s films because there are these carved-out festivals?” Banks says.

Friday’s panel discussions feature “Women in the Silent Era,” an interactive multimedia“ presentation; “Women in Comedy,” with a guest from Comedy Central, and “Actresses Who’ve Crossed Over to Directing” and the challenges they face.

An opening reception Friday night at the Tiger Hotel is followed by a late night outdoor screening of scary movies at Logboat Brewing with a bonfire and s’mores.

The weekend will see screenings of 15 feature films and seven shorts programs. Among the shorts are “Secret Life Of Girls,” featuring films made by girls under the age of 18, and “Missouri Made,” featuring films made in our state. There will also be a Saturday reception for the “Secret Life Of Girls” program’s directors.

“There’s something for everyone no matter your gender or age. We have family-friendly programming. There are subjects across the board. They’re not just about women’s issues. They are some of the best films out there; they just happen to be made by women,” Banks says.

Films will be screened at the Macklanburg Playhouse and Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens campus, the Tiger Hotel ballroom, and the PACE Children’s Theatre on Walnut, formerly The Bridge.

Schedule of Events

Wed., Nov. 2
5:30 p.m.: Kickoff PedNet bicycle pub crawl
Thurs., Nov. 3
 5-7:30 p.m. — Citizen Jane Summit
7:30-9 p.m. — Private Filmmaker Dinner
Fri., Nov. 4
8:30-10:30 a.m.: Nature hike for filmmakers
 Noon-5 p.m.: Citizen Jane Film School: Various panels on filmmaking starring our guest filmmakers
6 p.m.: Opening night reception
8 p.m.: CAT-TV 24 hour film competition premiere
 10 p.m.: Women in Comedy stand up at Hitt Records
 10:30 p.m.: Citizen Jane Under the Moon: an outdoor screening of some frightful films with a bonfire, s’mores and pours at Logboat Brewing Co.
Sat., Nov. 5
Films beginning at 10 a.m.
12:30 p.m.: “Secret Life of Girls” reception
10 p.m.: Citizen Jane late night dance party
Sun., Nov. 6
10 a.m.: Filmmaker Brunch
Films beginning at 12:30 p.m.
7 p.m.: Closing night film
10:30 p.m.: Closing night party
 = Free and open to the public. Other events require a ticket or pass.


A pass gives you the best access (available until sold out).
» Insane Jane ($105)  — all-access, including early ticket reservations, access to all events and screenings — even free childcare provided by Stephens’ Children’s School!
» Plain Jane ($65) —basic access, including early ticket reservations, access to all screenings and late night dance party
» Individual tickets available online or at the door, until sold out.

3 Citizen Jane staff “picks”

“Love Stinks” — an ‘80s coming-of-age short about three young girls who acquire a Playgirl magazine
“Dogwalker” — a dark comedy of a young dog walker after the unexpected death of one of her favorite clients
“Nakom” — the story of a talented young medical student who must return to his home village in Ghana after his father’s sudden death to fight for his family’s survival