Diana Panuncial, E23 Reporter

It’s time for the Citizen Jane Film Festival to take over Columbia again as they celebrate their eleventh year of women in film from Thursday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 4 at the Stephens College and associated venues.

There will be 26 films shown this year, ranging from short films to feature-length pictures.

Opening night will start with “Little Woods,” directed by Nia DaCosta from New York City.

“Little Woods,” DaCosta’s directorial debut, follows Ollie, a drug-runner moving medication through the U.S./Canadian border in North Dakota. It covers issues of healthcare, women’s rights, class and more in parallel with the survivalist themes of its Midwestern setting.

The festival’s Saturday Night Gala will feature “Never Goin’ Back,” directed by Augustine Frizzell from Texas.

It is Frizzell’s directorial debut and it tells the friendship of Angela and Jessie as they work waitress jobs in a struggle to pay rent. The film ventures into themes of sisterhood among teenage girls, as well as how drugs play with class and sexuality.

Closing night on Nov. 4 will showcase another directorial debut, “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”

Directed by Dava Whisenant from Los Angeles, the documentary centers Steve Young, a writer for “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Young is an ardent record collector who is passionate about an unknown subculture of industrial musicals, productions that were performed for big businesses in the 1950s-70s. The film follows Young as he uncovers the forgotten community.

The film festival will begin with its traditional Citizen Jane Summit from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Kimball Ballroom in Lela Raney Wood Hall.

The summit is a gathering of filmmakers from all over the world who share their stories of challenges they’ve faced while filming.  Filmmakers at the summit include Frizzell, actress Liza Scholtz from Cape Town, South Africa, and director and writer Sontenish Myers from NYU.

Other events at the festival include Phosphors: A Video Art Projection Event, “When Women Wrote Hollywood” book signing and CJ Under the Moon. Details for these events as well as the festival’s entire schedule can be found on http://citizenjanefilmfestival.org.

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