Missouri Business Flash: Citizen Jane Festival to bring in 6,000 people

4 weeks 4 hours 30 minutes ago Friday, October 27 2017 Oct 27, 2017 Friday, October 27, 2017 2:51:00 PM CDT October 27, 2017 in News
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COLUMBIA - Nearly 6,000 film enthusiasts descended upon Columbia this weekend. They are here to celebrate Citizen Jane Film Festival's 10th anniversary. The festival, honoring female filmmakers, features 80 independent films directed or co-directed by women. 

Barbie Banks, the festival's director for the second year, said she hopes to grow this number each year.

“Currently we bring in 6,000 attendees and I hope to get it to about 10,000 and just keep expanding the number of films we are able to bring to festival and the number of filmmakers to interact with our community and our college,” Banks said.

Citizen Jane is a nonprofit organization made possible through state and local grants. 

"We try to raise all the money we can from grants and sponsorship. The idea is we do it for the larger community and Stephens College students as a whole," Banks said.  

Citizen Jane was founded at Stephens College, the nation's second oldest women's college.

The Missouri Art Council, Columbia Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and U.S. Bank gave several grants for this year's festival. 

In other business news, 'Shark Tank' star Daymond John will be visiting Columbia next week. The multimillionaire and FUBU CEO will be speaking on MU's campus Wednesday night. 

John will give a lecture on values and ethics in business. The lecture is made possible through the Delta Gamma Foundation. Tickets are free to MU students and $20 for others.

Also, Amazon is launching a new service that could impact how you receive deliveries. Amazon Key allows a delivery person to enter your home to deliver your package. 

In order to use the service, homeowners must purchase Amazon's In-Home Kit which includes an indoor security camera and smart lock. 

The service will be available on November 8 in select cities including St. Louis and Kansas City. 

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