Jillian Schlesinger is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York. Her first film, MAIDENTRIP, intimately captures the extraordinary adventures of Laura Dekker, who in 2012 (at just 16) became the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. The film won the Audience Awards at SXSW and CIFF and was nominated for Cinema Eye Honors and Gotham Awards. MAIDENTRIP was released theatrically in 30 cities, including a three-week run at IFC Center in New York City. Paste Magazine named 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 graduated with honors from 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