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A docufessional "AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL" film trilogy that is meant to be seen in the HIGH ART gallery, white cube setting.

told/directed by jane public.
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2011
RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA

Explicit in emotional subject matter, the GIRLSTORIES trilogy reveals a diversity of problems adolescent females have in society when faced with misunderstood mental health issues. Untreated clinical depression, body dysmorphic disorder and battered spouse syndrome are study points visited by filmmaker and clinical social worker JANE PUBLIC.

GIRLSTORIES examines the plight of the U.S. educational system, and the failing effects that budgetary cuts are having on Creative Arts and Special Educational programming for our kids.

From the early '70s through the '80s, the ABC AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL Television Series helped adolescents come to terms with difficult topics like death, sex, drugs and peer pressure. A decade earlier, these subjects would have been deemed inappropriate for young audiences, but the social and cultural upheaval of the late 1960’s gave birth to a new openness, allowing television to broadcast stories dealing with themes that most parents even today would have difficulty broaching with their children. Running several times a season in a late afternoon timeslot, the series allowed kids to continue their education after returning home from school and before they went back to watching reruns of "Alice" and "The Jeffersons." Times have changed even more with the new millennium, and we are now living in a world that has many kids coming home not after school, but after seeing their therapist. Filmmaker Jane Public’s trilogy is meant to re-establish the AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL.

GIRLSTORIES explores the fine line where conventional television narrative and unconventional experimental storytelling devices intersect. PIXELVISION, OPTICAL PRINTING, SUPER 8mm, SURVEILLANCE, INFRA-RED 35mm PHOTOGRAPHY are some of the devices used to collide against three very moving and intimate adolescent faux narratives.
GIRLSTORIES will premiere in 2011, before being released on DVD, museums and digital platform viewing. The series, as a work-in-progress, has been overwhelmingly well received at select theatrical private screenings, which have become events and experiences in themselves, provoking debate within the shared audience environment. The films are being released first as individual experimental films, and in 2011 the entire trilogy will be screened in the AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL feature-length form.

The first film is titled MISSING GREEN. The second film is titled NICE PEOPLE and the third film is titled HOMEWRECKA.


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MISSING GREEN is the first short film of a trilogy titled GIRL STORIES. This film trilogy is meant to re-establish the popular AFTERSCHOOL SPECIALS television program series of the late 70’s-early 80’s era and bring it directly into the contemporary world of experimental avant-garde art cinema.

MISSING GREEN tells the story of a girl named ERIN who mysteriously dissapeared from her SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE dorm room, with no single trace of her whereabouts known now for over 11 years. A hypnotist examines the case by placing a fellow college student under a hypnotic state in an attempt to psychically revisit the last steps of ERIN, while the audience begins to slowly experience via PIXELVISION technology the terrible untreated depression that drove ERIN into a permanent dissapearance from everything.

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"Erin, are you there? This is your Dad leaving you another phone message. Me and your mom are very worried about you. You have not been picking up the phone for days now. Please call and let us know that you are ok. This is just not like you."
– Erin's father leaving multiple phone messages to his depressed daughter at college, MISSING GREEN

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NICE PEOPLE tells the story of Carolyn. Carolyn is a promising ballet dancer who battles the distored idea of how she sees her body. Suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Carolyn recieves a package from her parents with a cassette tape that ultimately forces her to confront her life-long battle of who she truly is, who her parents want her to be, and how she will to continue to punish herself for having an "ugly fat body."

 


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And finally, HOMEWRECKA tells a girl-story through the eyes of a battered boy. A young man recalls memories of the girl with whom he continues to be in love.