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Citizen Jane Premieres

Posted: Oct 15, 2010 8:10 PM

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COLUMBIA - The 2010 Citizen Jane Film Festival premiered Friday at Stephens College. The event kicked off with a workshop featuring award-winning producer Christine Vachon. Vachon spoke with local filmmakers and fans about what it takes to navigate through the film industry.

The festival celebrates women working in the film business. Festival volunteer Sarah Catlin-Dupuy said,"The main purpose is to really promote women and film. They are unrepresented in film making. So this is just a weekend for them to shine."

Organizers said they are expecting and hoping to double the attendance from last year. "It's going to be crazy. We've got some venues that are already selling out," said Catlin-Dupuy.

A filmmaker from St. Louis said it's great to bring a women's event to Columbia. Film producer Bobbie Lautenschlager said, "These are the kind of films that people in these areas don't have access to like in a big city."

Latenschlager said women shouldn't let age stop them from following their dreams of making films. She started producing films as a second career later in life. "Today women of any age can really do what they want to. You have to have the courage and so find the courage, and go do it," said Latenschlager.

The festival doesn't just include movies. There are also dances, panels, and a brunch. The film festival runs from Friday to Sunday.

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