In 2010, 14-year old Laura Dekker set out, with a camera in hand, on a two-year voyage chasing her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
Following a yearlong battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny over the family’s decision to allow the solo trip, Laura took to the seas, depending solely on her impeccable nautical skills and extraordinary self-confidence to achieve what has never been done before.
Maidentrip is a documentary film, in collaboration with first time director Jillian Schlesinger that combines Laura’s own footage with vignettes from her stops in various countries. The film is as much of a coming-of-age story as it is an adventure. It’s an extraordinary journey that takes you along with Laura as she explores the world in search of freedom, adventure, and a dream.
About the all-female filmmaking team
Jillian Schlesinger (Director/Producer) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. She has also written and produced numerous on-air promotional campaigns for TV networks including Sundance Channel, AMC, and BBC America. Jillian grew up in Santa Cruz, California and graduated from Brown University.
Emily McAllister (Producer) is an independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn. She began working on Maidentrip shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in Film and Economics. She started her career at the award-winning production company Part2 Pictures, where she worked on television documentaries for National Geographic, OWN, and PBS.
Penelope Falk (Editor) is a documentary editor and winner of the Sundance 2010 Documentary Editing Award for Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. She started her career on Jennifer Fox’s groundbreaking series, An American Love Story. Other credits include: A Letter Without Words (Sundance), Toots Shor: Bigger Than Life (Tribeca), and Election Day (SXSW).
Hillary Spera (Director of Photography) is a cinematographer on films, commercials, and music videos. Documentaries include After Tiller (Sundance) and Darkon (SXSW Audience Award Winner.) Narratives include High Road, directed by Upright Citizen’s Brigade founder Matt Walsh, and Black Rock (Sundance). She has also shot commercials for Nike, Kellogg’s, and Ancestry.com.