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Maiden – Review

Left to right: Tracy Edwards and Mikaela Von Koskull, in Maiden.

Courtesy of Tracy Edwards and Sony Pictures Classics.

Surprisingly exciting, with the narrative drive of a fiction film, the documentary Maiden tells the epic tale of the first all-women yachting crew to challenge the men in an around-the-world sailing race. With the spirit of high adventure, this documentary follows a young British woman, skipper Tracy Edwards, and her scrappy international crew as they take on the all-boys’ club world of yachting in the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race. This polished documentary is filled with exciting footage of the grueling, nine-months-long sailing race, as the women shatter assumptions about what women can do, in the fiercely competitive, physically-demanding world of sail racing. The docu also features archival interviews with Edwards and her crew, their opponents in the race, news footage and interview, combined with present-day interviews of Edwards and others.
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Podtalk: Tracy Edwards, Skipper & Subject of Documentary ‘Maiden’

Chicago – In the pantheon of firsts, there are so many of them that fly under our radar. For every Rosa Parks, there are a number of women who take the challenge to make social change. In 1989, British-born Tracy Edwards became the first female skipper, guiding an all-female crew and sailboat in the prestigious Whitbread Around the World Race. Her story is told in “Maiden.”

Tracy Edwards in Chicago for ‘Maiden

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The new documentary, directed by Alex Holmes, tells Edward’s story, from teenage runaway to ship’s cook to skipper/navigator of Maiden, the sailboat that dared to challenge the sport’s patriarchy. The film is one of determination and inspiration, as Tracy gathered the best female team, who also wanted to show the sailing world their right stuff. The challenges to get to the starting line are well documented, including the purchasing
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Heroic Sailor Tracy Edwards Makes ‘Maiden’ a Rousing and Real Crowdpleaser

Heroic Sailor Tracy Edwards Makes ‘Maiden’ a Rousing and Real Crowdpleaser
Alex Holmes’ “Maiden” should be experienced in a theater. Catch it soon, because the rip-roaring sailing documentary could soon be gone, despite the yeoman efforts of Sony Pictures Classics. It’s a tough market these days, but the movie could be a factor in this year’s documentary Oscar race.

For veteran British sailor Tracy Edwards, who has been riding the swells of cheering audiences since she first saw “Maiden” ahead of its official 2018 Tiff world premiere, the film has been a cathartic, healing experience. Back in 1989-1990, the 23-year-old skippered the yacht Maiden and its all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race. She had to mortgage her house to buy and restore a second-hand yacht — the crew knew every inch of the boat as a result — as well as mortgaging the restored boat, and only the financial support of Jordan’s King Hussein, who had taken
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Heroic Sailor Tracy Edwards Makes ‘Maiden’ a Rousing and Real Crowdpleaser

Heroic Sailor Tracy Edwards Makes ‘Maiden’ a Rousing and Real Crowdpleaser
Alex Holmes’ “Maiden” should be experienced in a theater. Catch it soon, because the rip-roaring sailing documentary could soon be gone, despite the yeoman efforts of Sony Pictures Classics. It’s a tough market these days, but the movie could be a factor in this year’s documentary Oscar race.

For veteran British sailor Tracy Edwards, who has been riding the swells of cheering audiences since she first saw “Maiden” ahead of its official 2018 Tiff world premiere, the film has been a cathartic, healing experience. Back in 1989-1990, the 23-year-old skippered the yacht Maiden and its all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World yacht race. She had to mortgage her house to buy and restore a second-hand yacht — the crew knew every inch of the boat as a result — as well as mortgaging the restored boat, and only the financial support of Jordan’s King Hussein, who had taken
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Newcomers Flat; ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Crosses $2M: Specialty Box Office

Newcomers Flat; ‘The Last Black Man in San Francisco’ Crosses $2M: Specialty Box Office
The dog days of summer have arrived early for the specialties, which have only had some success in peeling away audiences from studio fare. New limited release titles landed slowly this weekend, with Sony Pictures Classics Toronto ’18 documentary Maiden topping the few titles reporting numbers Sunday. The Alex Holmes-directed feature about a competitive all-female sailboat crew that took on the Whitbread ‘Round the World Race sailed into six New York and Los Angeles ports, grossing $50,715 for an $8,453 per theater average.

Word of mouth could very well float Maiden as it heads to more cities. The best doc box office debut this year remains Apollo 11, which bowed in 120 theaters in its opening frame, grossing $1.6M in 120 theaters. It went on to cume $8.9M.

At its New York premiere earlier this week, Spc co-president likened Maiden’s prospects to the company’s successful 2012 doc Searching For Sugar Man, which
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‘Maiden’ Sets Sail In NYC & La; Daisy Ridley Channels ‘Ophelia’ –  Specialty B.O. Preview

This weekend, Sony Pictures Classics launches Alex Holmes’ Toronto ’18 premiere Maiden. The company was bullish about the doc’s prospects at the title’s New York premiere hosted by awards maven Peggy Siegal.

IFC Films is heading out with a day and date release of Ophelia, a modern-language re-imagining of Hamlet told from Ophelia’s Pov, starring Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts and Clive Owen. Greenwich Entertainment is opening Locarno Film Festival prize-winner Three Peaks, looking to take advantage of the dearth of new dramas, while KimStim is bowing the provocative social satire The Plagiarists in New York.

Other limited releases heading to theaters this weekend include Euphoria with Alicia Vikander, Eva Green and Charlotte Rampling via Freestyle Releasing and Lionsgate Home Entertainment as well as Vertical Entertainment’s The Last Whistle. ArtAffects, meanwhile, is opening its faith-centered The Other Side Of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith in over two hundred locations Friday.
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‘Maiden’ Film Review: Extraordinary Women Buck the Odds, Sail Around the World in New Documentary

  • The Wrap
‘Maiden’ Film Review: Extraordinary Women Buck the Odds, Sail Around the World in New Documentary
Tracy Edwards does not easily take “no” for an answer. That’s quickly apparent in “Maiden,” Alex Holmes’ riveting retelling of Edwards’ historic achievement, leading the first all-woman crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race, one of earth’s biggest open sea sailing competitions.

For several months from 1989-1990, she steered her ragtag crew through formidable currents and temperatures both scorching and freezing. She made impossibly difficult decisions and fought her own battles against doubt. Through it all, she kept her crew together and proved their naysayers wrong in spectacular fashion.

Edwards survived a rough and rebellious childhood and entered her wayward young adulthood with no direction in life until she found sailing. Everything about it fascinated her, and it introduced her to exciting characters (like the roaming skippers who traveled wherever they pleased) and a few famous faces like King Hussien of Jordan. It was a world more
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‘Maiden’ Review: An All-Female Crew’s Sail of the Century

‘Maiden’ Review: An All-Female Crew’s Sail of the Century
The year was 1989, when male chauvinists were dripping with disbelief that these “girls” could survive a nine-month yacht race, much less emerge as real contenders in a 32,000 nautical mile sailing sprint from Southampton, England, and back.

You don’t have to know port from starboard to build a rooting interest in the dazzling portrait that director Alex Holmes (Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story) has put together with invaluable help from editor Katie Bryer. He’s raided the archives and included interviews with the participants, who look back in
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Exclusive: Alex Holmes & Tracy Edwards on the incredible journey of documentary Maiden

Director Alex Holmes & Tracy Edwards are interviewed for their incredible documentary about her fight to compete and complete the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

DaniElle DeLaite asks the questions and Alex Holmes talks about meeting Tracy for the first time, and how the story of her life unfolded in his head. He firstly thought the film might be a dramatised version of the story until Edwards revealed the presence of two cameras on-board the yacht, and the idea of a documentary came up.

Tracy Edwards talks about the drive to take on the incredibly rigorous race with an all female crew. She talks about the aggression and anger which met her decision to do this, and how the constant barrage of doubt redoubled her determination to win the race.

Maiden is released in the Us on the 28th of June, 2019

Here’s the interview,

Synopsis:

The story of Tracy Edwards,
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Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
January’s Sundance Film Festival is the most effective launchpad for any documentary Oscar hopeful. With a field overloaded by competitive non-fiction, it’s essential to get a head start, a distributor, an early release date and build a profile before narrative features grab the media attention in an overcrowded fall.

Some high-profile non-fiction features, like Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s box-office star and eventual Oscar-winner “Free Solo,” break out of fall festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and New York. However, titles like those are the outliers.

Sundance 2018 yielded four out of the five 2019 Oscar nominees: $14 million-grossing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg,” Sundance breakthrough filmmaker prize-winner Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which follows three young skateboarders in the Rust Belt, photographer RaMell Ross’ languorous poetic portrait of a time and place, “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening,” and Talal Derki’s Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner “Of Fathers and Sons.
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Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

Oscars 2020: Best Documentary Feature Predictions
January’s Sundance Film Festival is the most effective launchpad for any documentary Oscar hopeful. With a field overloaded by competitive non-fiction, it’s essential to get a head start, a distributor, an early release date and build a profile before narrative features grab the media attention in an overcrowded fall.

Some high-profile non-fiction features, like Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s box-office star and eventual Oscar-winner “Free Solo,” break out of fall festivals like Telluride, Toronto, and New York. However, titles like those are the outliers.

Sundance 2018 yielded four out of the five 2019 Oscar nominees: $14 million-grossing Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc “Rbg,” Sundance breakthrough filmmaker prize-winner Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap,” which follows three young skateboarders in the Rust Belt, photographer RaMell Ross’ languorous poetic portrait of a time and place, “Hale County: This Morning, This Evening,” and Talal Derki’s Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury Prize-winner “Of Fathers and Sons.
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BBC Picks Up Feature Docs Including Oscar-Nominated ‘Minding The Gap’ & Sundance Titles ‘One Child Nation’ & ‘Maiden’

The BBC has picked up a slew of feature docs including Oscar-nominated Minding The Gap and Sundance titles One Child Nation and Maiden.

This comes as the British public broadcaster has revamped its feature doc strand Storyville with films launching on youth-skewing network BBC Three for the first time as it looks to appeal to younger audiences.

The pick ups were unveiled today at the Sheffield Doc/Fest by BBC Storyville Commissioning Editor Mandy Chang.

Minding the Gap will air on BBC Three alongside true crime doc Roll Red Roll and music doc Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl.

Bing Liu’s Oscar nominated Minding the Gap is the coming-of-age saga of three skateboarding friends in their Rust Belt hometown, hit hard by decades of recession. In his quest to understand why he and his friends ran away from home as teenagers, Bing tracks 23-year-old Zack as he becomes a
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Hamptons Film Festival Sets SummerDocs Lineup With 'Circus of Books,' 'Maiden'

Hamptons Film Festival Sets SummerDocs Lineup With 'Circus of Books,' 'Maiden'
The Hamptons International Film Festival has announced its summer programming, including the lineup for its 11th annual SummerDocs series.

This year, the Long Island organization will screen Alex Holmes' Maiden, Mads Brugger's Cold Case Hammarskjold and Rachel Mason's Circus of Books, all of which will be followed by post-screening discussions, led by Hiff co-chairman Alec Baldwin and artistic director David Nugent with the directors of each film and additional guests to be announced. The screenings will take place once a month starting June 29.

Past SummerDocs selections Icarus, 20 Feet from Stardom and Searching for Sugar Man have gone on to win the ...
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Female Empowerment!!! One-Night Advance Screening Maiden June 24th

Sony Picture Classics will host one-night advance screenings of the acclaimed female empowerment documentary Maiden on Monday, June 24th in theaters across the country. The film will screen in the top 50 major markets and will include a recorded Q&A with subject Tracy Edwards. The film is scheduled to open mid-July in St. Louis.

Sony Pictures Classics announced today they will host one-night advance screenings of the acclaimed female empowerment documentary Maiden on Monday, June 24th in theaters across the country. The film will screen in the top 50 major markets and will include a recorded Q&A with subject Tracy Edwards. The film will be released in theaters on Friday, June 28th.

The gripping and inspirational story of the first all-female crew to enter an around the world yacht race has been playing to standing ovations around the world. After it’s triumphant premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival,
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Breaking Film Industry News — Awards, Acquisitions, Festival Buzz, Grants, and More

Breaking Film Industry News — Awards, Acquisitions, Festival Buzz, Grants, and More
June 4

– The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) SummerDocs series returns for its eleventh year to present entertaining and engaging documentary filmmaking from revolutionary storytellers. The series will kick off with a screening of “Maiden,” directed by Alex Holmes, on June 29, at 7:00pm, followed by “Cold Case Hammarskjold,” directed by Mads Brügger, on July 20 at 7:00pm, and concluding with “Circus of Books,” directed by Rachel Mason, on August 24 at 7:00pm. All screenings will take place at Guild Hall in East Hampton.

Following the screenings, Hiff Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin & Hiff Artistic Director David Nugent will lead conversations with the director of each film along with additional guests to be announced.

“We are proud of how the SummerDocs series has grown over the last 10 years. Bringing exciting documentaries, featuring powerful stories, to our festival community is now a significant part of our programming,” said Baldwin in an official statement.

“With
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10 Films to See in June

After an incredible start to the summer season last month, June is a bit lighter for acclaimed and/or promising releases, but there’s still a handful of worthwhile options. While we can’t muster up much excitement for the fourth installment of an animated franchise and our writers were mixed on some recent festival favorites finally arriving, we have a pared-down list of ten recommendations to seek out.

10. The Edge of Democracy (Petra Costa; June 19)

The first film I saw at Sundance Film Festival this year was Petra Costa’s intimate look at Brazil’s fraught political landscape, and it made quite an impression. Giovanni Marchini Camia said in our review, “The Brazilian filmmaker Petra Costa belongs to the many who fear that Jair Bolsonaro’s election as President of Brazil represents the beginning of the end for the country’s democracy, three short decades after the fall of
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AFI Docs Unveils 2019 Line-Up With ‘American Factory’ as Centerpiece

  • Variety
The AFI Docs Festival has selected the Steven Bognar-Julia Reichert documentary “American Factory” as its centerpiece film, screening on June 21.

The event will take place at the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

“American Factory” centers on the aftermath of the 2014 purchase of a General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio, which had closed in 2008. A Chinese billionaire reopened the facility as Fuyao Glass America, with the promise of giving work to more than 2,000 local residents, along with bringing hundreds of Chinese workers to Ohio. Tensions mount among the Americans due to low wages and concerns about safety.

The festival revealed its full slate of films Wednesday for the 2019 edition, the 17th year, with 72 films representing 17 countries. The festival runs June 19–23 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, Md.

As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of
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Tribeca Documentaries Explore Gender Issues in Sport

  • Variety
Up until recently, what it meant to be a professional female athlete in a world dominated by men wasn’t an issue that garnered high volumes of public interest, let alone national headlines. But that all changed in October 2017 when stories from the New York Times and the New Yorker detailing sexual allegations and improper workplace behavior against Harvey Weinstein ignited the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, which quickly spread beyond the entertainment world. Less than two years later, four documentary films that explore the role of gender and sexuality in male dominated sports are heading to the Tribeca Film Festival. Those docus are: Erin Lee Carr’s “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal,” Yu Gu’s “A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem,” Alex Holmes’ “Maiden” and Michael Barnett’s “Changing the Game.”

“At the Heart of Gold” explores the 2017 USA Gymnastics
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Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday,' 'Toy Story 4' to Kick Off Nantucket Film Festival

Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday,' 'Toy Story 4' to Kick Off Nantucket Film Festival
The Nantucket Film Festival on Tuesday announced the lineup for its 24th edition, which is set to run June 19-24

The event will kick off with Danny Boyle's Beatles-inspired film Yesterday, written by Richard Curtis and Jack Barth and starring Himesh Patel. For the tenth year in a row, a Disney-Pixar film will also be screened on opening day, with Toy Story 4 as this year's selection.

Alex Holmes' immersive documentary Maiden, which tells the story of a 24-year-old charter boat cook who became the skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, will close ...
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'Captain Marvel' set to ignite UK box office

New openers also include The Kindergarten Teacher, Everybody Knows, and Border.

It has been a tough beginning to 2019 for the UK box office. At the end of February, box office receipts were tracking at 24% down on the same two-month period in 2018, which roughly accounts for £57m ($74m) in ticket sales.

Notably absent from the release calendar so far has been a blockbuster hit – last year had Black Panther, which took a huge £50.6m after being released on Feb 13 – but that could change this weekend with the release of Disney’s Captain Marvel.

According to Screen sources, the film has already
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