'Maidentrip' Documentary Featured At Dinner & A Movie

The film Maidentrip follows 14-year old Laura Dekker as she attempts to sail around the world. The movie is being screened on January 11 as part of the Woods Hole Film Festival's Dinner and A Movie series.
- The film Maidentrip follows 14-year old Laura Dekker as she attempts to sail around the world. The movie is being screened on January 11 as part of the Woods Hole Film Festival's Dinner and A Movie series.

The 2013-2014 season of the Woods Hole Film Festival Winter Film Series Dinner & a Movie continues on Saturday with a screening of the award-winning narrative feature film, “Maidentrip,” by Jillian Schlesinger.

The series takes place in the Waterfront Dining Room at the Captain Kidd Restaurant, 77 Water Street, Woods Hole. The 15-part series features screenings of independent films from the Woods Hole Film Festival and beyond.

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For $25 per person, movie-goers select from a preset menu prepared specially for the evening. The price includes entree and movie, but does not include beverage, dessert, tax or tip. Dinner is served beginning at 5:30 PM and the screening begins at approximately 7:30 PM. Reservations are required. Call 508-548-8563 to reserve a table or make a reservation online through the festival’s website.

“Maidentrip” is a documentary about Laura Dekker, who, at 14 years old, set 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.

The story begins in 2009, when Laura is ensnared in a messy legal battle with Dutch authorities in an attempt to stop her trip. She was the subject of harsh media scrutiny, and is portrayed as deranged and spoiled. After a year, Laura is free to set sail aboard her 40-foot ship, Guppy, to pursue her dream.

Life at sea is not easy. Laura is a skilled sailor, but her travels across three oceans are long, often lonely, and sometimes treacherous. Candid shots of Laura are interspersed with scenes of the open sea, intimate voiceovers, and a soundscape that places the viewer in the belly of the boat right alongside Laura. The results are striking. We witness Laura’s exhilaration while riding out a storm, her wistful gratitude for the company of dolphins, and her discovery that she enjoys the solitude that only the ocean can provide. 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.

Dinner & a Movie series takes place through April 12. The schedule is posted online. 

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