Sabrina Jaglom, Chloe Yu & Nina Bloomgarden on JANE – Jeanne Wolf interviews

In Jane, Sabrina Jaglom’s psychological thriller, Madelaine Petsch stars as a teen struggling to cope with the tragic suicide of her friend Jane, portrayed by Chloe Yu. She’s also feeling the pressure of the college admission process. After getting deferred from her dream school, she spirals out of control and launches a social media rampage against those who stand in the way of her success. She gets some help from her buddy Izzy, (Chloe Bailey). One of her targets is Camille (Nina Bloomgarden), a pushy new arrival at school, who ends up being forced to leave. Meanwhile, the ghostly presence of Jane and her still functioning website lurks in the background. At a recent screening, the audience was shook up but fascinated and the filmmakers were pleased and intrigued by their response.

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JANE – Review by Leslie Combemale

It’s not news that teenagers eat their own…that’s been the case since way before the internet. Now social media is aiding and abetting the most reptilian, judgmental, fear-mongering parts of all of our minds, and challenging those who’ve come up post-net in new ways we can’t even imagine. Society has yet to determine just how damaging and dangerous it all might be, but the new indie thriller Jane considers it from the perspective of one anxiety-ridden high school senior. If this film is any indication, we’re all in deep trouble.

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JANE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

In 1960, paleontologist Louis Leakey did something remarkable: He hired a 26-year-old secretary, untrained in the sciences and without a university degree in any field at all, to go into the wilds of Tanzania and study chimps. Jane Goodall is now, at age 83, one of the most renowned figures in primatology, and arguably one of the most famous scientists living today (maybe to ever have lived), one of those rare superstars of science whose work has captured the imagination of the general public. But at the time, she knew nothing about wild chimps. The thing is, though: no one else did either. No one else had ever done what Leakey trusted her to do, to simply observe them in their natural habitat over long stretches of time in order to learn about their lives and their culture.

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