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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Maris Curran

USA | 78

23 Apr
Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 3:15 pm PT

Guests Expected

Director Maris Curran, Cinematographer Jerry Henry, and subjects Yvens Carrenard and Jeannette Feliciano are all expected to attend.


Filmed in striking and intimate vérité, this portrait of competitive bodybuilder and queer single mother Jeannette unfolds as a nuanced story of balancing the relentlessness of daily existence with the realities of living through trauma. In the wake of Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub shooting, Jeannette continues to coach other survivors at the gym while raising her son. Life seems calm again, until Hurricane Maria hits Puerto Rico and Jeannette is thrown back into crisis mode. Skirting headlines to instead focus on the tenderness of healing, Maris Curran (Five Nights in Maine, Festival 2018) returns to SFFILM with the World Premiere of Jeannette.

Director Maris Curran

Maris Curran’s films have shown at Berlinale, TIFF, MoMA, the NY Times Op-Docs, and PBS’s Independent Lens. Among her films are her feature debut, Five Nights in Maine (Festival 2016); and two documentary shorts, The Man Is the Music (2016) and While I Yet Live (2018). She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was a Fulbright Fellow, and is the past recipient of an SFFILM/KRF Filmmaking Grant.

Film Details

Language English, Spanish

Year 2022

Premiere World

Runtime 78

Country USA

Director Maris Curran

Executive Producer Jen Rainin, Rivkah Beth Medow, Penelope Wong, Crystal Gurin

Producer Maris Curran, Jon Coplon

Editor Eduardo Serrano, Katrina Taylor

Cinematographer Jerry Henry

Music Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.