Jillian Schlesinger is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in New York.  Her debut feature, Maidentrip, explores the unconventional coming-of-age odyssey of Laura Dekker, the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Maidentrip premiered at SXSW 2013 where it won the Visions Audience Award. The film went on to screen all over the world, garnering numerous festival prizes as well as nominations for Cinema Eye Honors and Gotham Awards. In 2014, Paste Magazine named Jillian one of 10 Women Directors to Watch.  In addition to feature filmmaking, Jillian works as a writer, director, and editor of TV promos, non-profit PSAs, film trailers, and other short video content. Jillian is a graduate of Brown University where she studied creative writing and linguistic anthropology.