Jillian Schlesinger is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in New York. Her debut feature documentary, Maidentrip, followed the unconventional coming-of-age odyssey of Laura Dekker, who at sixteen became the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. Maidentrip premiered at SXSW Film Festival in 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. It was released theatrically in the U.S. by First Run Features. Paste Magazine called Jillian one of 10 Women Directors to Watch in 2014. 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.
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