Jillian Schlesinger is an independent artist whose collaborative youth-driven films tell intimate stories of adolescence through the eyes of those living it. She is best known for Maidentrip, an immersive chronicle of Dutch teenager Laura Dekker’s quest to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Maidentrip premiered at SXSW in 2013, where it won the Visions Audience Award. The film garnered festival honors around the world and was released theatrically in the U.S. by First Run Features. Maidentrip was listed among Indiewire’s Best Documentaries of 2014 and nominated for Cinema Eye Honors in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Animation. In addition to filmmaking, Jillian writes and edits short video pieces for clients including The Guardian, Greenpeace, The New Yorker, and the ACLU. She also makes trailers for independent films. Jillian is a graduate of Brown University, where she studied creative writing and linguistic anthropology. She lives in Brooklyn.
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE Trusting the Subject as a Collaborator: Jillian Schlesinger on Maidentrip
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL From Sea To Screen: A Young Sailor's Voyage
THE ATLANTIC Why a 14-Year-Old Girl Decided to Sail Around the World Alone
METRO NEW YORK Jillian Schlesinger lets teen sailor steer the boat in 'Maidentrip'
FILM.COM Director's Cut: Jillian Schlesinger ('Maidentrip')
TIME A 14-Year-Old Girl Sailed Around the World — And She Brought a Camera
PASTE MAGAZINE Catching Up With Jillian Schlesinger, The Director of Maidentrip
FILMLINC DAILY "Maidentrip" Shows a Very Different Teenage Dream