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Review: Lovely And Inspiring Documentary 'Maidentrip' Takes Audiences On A Voyage

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 17, 2014 1:02 PM
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Maidentrip
In 2009, a then 13-year-old Laura Dekker announced her intention to sail around the world alone, incurring the wrath of the Dutch court system, whose objections delayed her trip by a year. While this was going on, Jillian Schlesinger, an aspiring filmmaker in New York, heard about Dekker and wanted in on her journey, sending her a personal letter and designs, asking to help Laura tell her story on film. Thus, two parallel journeys were launched, as these two young women embarked on projects they had never undertaken before. The result is the inspiring “Maidentrip,” a collaboration between Schlesinger and Dekker that chronicles Dekker’s journey, and captures her indomitable spirit of adventure.

Exclusive: Sail The Seas With Clip From 'Maidentrip,' Director Jillian Schlesinger Talks Parallel Journey Of Collaboration

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 8, 2014 12:00 PM
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Maidentrip
Following the journey of Laura Dekker, the youngest person to sail alone around the world, Jillian Schlesinger’s debut documentary feature, “Maidentrip,” won the Visions Audience Award at SXSW this year, and makes its theatrical debut this January at the IFC Center. The film was a creative collaboration with Dekker, as she shot all of the footage on the boat by herself, while Schlesinger followed her on several of her stops around the world. We recently spoke with Schlesinger about the filmmaking process of “Maidentrip,” and also have an exclusive clip of the film to share. “Maidentrip” is nominated for a Cinema Eye Honor for its truly stunning watercolor-like animation by Moth Collective, mapping the visual of Laura’s two-year trip around the world.

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