Laura Dekker on her solo, around-the-world sailing voyage, as seen in MAIDENTRIP, a film by Jillian Schlesinger. A First Run Features release.



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Maidentrip (2013/2014)

Opened: 01/17/2014 Limited

IFC Center01/17/2014 - 01/30/201414 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

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Genre: Documentary (English and Dutch w/English subtitles)

Rated: Unrated


14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out--camera in hand--on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger's debut feature amplifies Laura's brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura's own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate verite footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.

About the Filmmakers

Jillian Schlesinger (Director/Producer)

Jillian Schlesinger is an independent filmmaker and writer-producer-editor of promotional content for television. Her debut feature documentary, MAIDENTRIP, won an Audience Award at SXSW and the Festival Director's Award at Mountainfilm in Telluride.

Jillian has previously worked in various roles on documentaries, including writing, story development, and archival research. She has also written, produced, and edited numerous on-air promotions for television networks, including AMC, Sundance Channel, and BBC America. Her work on Sundance Channel's Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving earned a 2010 PromaxBDA Award in the "Something for Nothing" category. Jillian graduated from Brown University, where she studied creative writing and linguistic anthropology. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Emily McAllister (Producer) is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She began working on MAIDENTRIP shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Film and Economics. She started her career interning at the award-winning production company Part2 Pictures, where she worked on television documentaries for National Geographic, OWN, and PBS. Currently, she is working on the post-production team at Pilot, a full service creative agency in Manhattan. Emily is also a part of Pilot's new venture to support emerging filmmakers through its sister company CoPilot Pictures. In her spare time, she loves to make flipbooks and animated shorts.

Penelope Falk (Editor) started her career on Jennifer Fox's groundbreaking series "An American Love Story." Other credits include: A LETTER WITHOUT WORDS (Sundance Film Festival), BOMBAY EUNUCH (winner of the New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival), STAGEDOOR (programmed at New York'sprestigious Film Forum), TOOTS (premiered Tribeca Film Festival), SMILE TIL IT HURTS (premiered Slamdance Festival) and JOAN RIVERS: A PIECE OF WORK (Sundance Film Festival, winner Excellence in Editing award). TV film credits include: AFGHAN STORIES (the Sundance Channel), UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU (A&E), ESCUELA (PBS) and UNFINISHED COUNTRY (PBS).

Hillary Fyfe Spera is the award-winning director of photography of documentaries including AFTER TILLER (Sundance 2013), MAIDENTRIP (SXSW 2013, Audience Award) and OXYANA (Tribeca 2013, Special Jury Prize for Best New Director.) Among her narrative film credits are Katie Aselton's BLACK ROCK (Sundance 2012), Matt Walsh's HIGH ROAD, and Nicholas Greene's SALAR, shortlisted for a 2013 Academy Award. Hillary has also shot numerous commercials and music videos around the world. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Ben Sollee (Original Music) was born and raised in Kentucky, where he learned to play cello and learned to sing. Sollee currently lives in Kentucky and will likely always live in Kentucky.