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Shot on 16mm
A film by Olivia Jampol
Produced at the Carpenter Center for The Arts at Harvard University.
Starring: Whitney Owens & Rory Kulz
A girl, a boy, and a game of hide and seek. In a world of endless summer and effortless play, 13-year-old Jeannie finds it difficult to fit in. On this hot summer day, during an ordinary game of hide and seek, Jeannie finds herself under the bed with her 16-year-old neighbor– and the childish game quickly becomes an ambiguous sexual encounter. Confused, Jeannie turns to the one person she trusts, her Dominican nanny, only to realize that her love for her is more than just filial. Not knowing how to make sense of her feelings, she acts in ways that leave her isolated and alone, unable to give up the innocent eccentricities of her childhood.
Olivia Jampol’s work combines images from her childhood in Costa Rica and emblematic exports of Americana. Olivia produced JEANNIE as her Senior Thesis for Harvard’s undergraduate Film Production program.
- Nominee for the 2010 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Scholarly Work (Harvard University)
- Jury's Citation - 2nd Prize, 30th Black Maria Film + Video Festival
- Official Selection, Boston International Film Festival 2011
- Runner-up, Best Short, Northside DIY Filmmaking Competition at UnionDocs
- Official Selection, Shadowbox Cinema III Program, Ann Arbor Film Festival & Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)