NHdocs: the New Haven Documentary Film Festival 2021

17 and Life Doesn't Wait & Girl in a Van

Expired August 22, 2020 3:00 PM
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17 And Life Doesn’t Wait paints a lively, candid and emotionally charged view of life through the eyes of three teen girls. The film follows them during their senior year of high school, as they experience the impact of the outside world, their impending independence, and the conflicting expectations and often overwhelming anxiety that come with being a girl. Shot over nine months, the film captures the girls’ laughter, struggles and victories. We watch them grapple with family, university acceptances (or rejections) and scholarships, engage in the perennial primping for senior prom, digest the devastation of the Parkland massacre, graduate, and confront issues around sexual identity, suicide and assault. 

Director's Bio: Maureen Judge is a Toronto filmmaker whose recent film, My Millennial Life, was the winner of the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program. Her previous work includes: Living Dolls, which won a New York Festivals Gold Medal and Best POV Documentary at Yorkton Film Festival; Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship, also awarded a Canadian Screen Award; and FLicKeR, winner of the Hot Docs Special Jury Feature Documentary Prize. Maureen has an M.A. (Cinema Studies) from NYU and is an adjunct professor at Sheridan College.

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  • Runtime
    80 minutes
  • Language
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  • Premiere
    East Coast Premiere
  • Director
    Maureen Judge
  • Screenwriter
    Maureen Judge, Martin Waxman
  • Producer
    Maureen Judge