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JO
 
JO
 
World Premiere

Director: Justine Williams

United States, 2018, 15min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Kathryn Kates
Crew:  Producers: Maha Chehlaoui - Screenwriters: Justine Williams
Email:  justinewolfwilliamsgmail.com

synopsis
Set in 1980s Woodstock, JO, follows a 13-year old girl as she clashes with her rabbi and mom over her upcoming Bat Mitzvah. On the heels of her dad's death and with puberty coming on quick, nothing about this traditional rite of passage feels right. But, an unexpected encounter with a local girl in the woods, gives Jo a new look and a new outlook, sending her party in an unorthodox direction.

director
Justine Williams is a queer screenwriter, filmmaker and performer. Her work as a performer, writer and/or filmmaker has screened at the Maryland Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, Slamdance, Rotterdam International Film Fest and more. Multimedia work in performance and video has presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin Museum, Queens Museum and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. She teaches physical comedy and acting at the Yale School of Drama, and has received fellowships from the Queer Arts Mentorship program, under Ira Sachs, and NYWIFT to develop new work.
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