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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 vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa.
Jillian Schlesinger (Director/Producer) 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.