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Watch: EXCLUSIVE Trailer for Doc 'Maidentrip,' Following Teen Laura Dekker's Record Breaking Sail Around the World

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 28, 2013 at 12:00PM

Jillian Schlesinger's documentary "Maidentrip," which follows Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker's seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, has been snapped up for US distribution by First Run Features. Check out the film's first trailer below, exclusively on TOH!
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Maidentrip

Jillian Schlesinger's documentary "Maidentrip," which follows Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker's seabound excursion to become the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, has been snapped up for US distribution by First Run Features. Check out the film's first trailer below, exclusively on TOH! 

Dekker's voyage announcement was met with a highly publicized custody battle in 2010. But in the film, Schlesinger instead chooses to focus on a portrait of Dekker as a sailor -- alone, unconventional and fiercely independent for her years. The young captain of the Guppy is an engaging subject, with a mix of ballsy determination and honest vulnerability. While Schlesigner checks in with Laura at her various port stops, all footage at sea is shot exclusively by Dekker.

The film had its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year, where it scored the Audience Award in the Visions program.

Our TOH! review of the film is here. First Run will open "Maidentrip" January 17 at the IFC Center in New York.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.