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Miss Lil’s Camp Screens at Baltimore Women's Film Festival


Jupiter, FL – The short documentary, Miss Lil’s Camp, will screen at the Baltimore Women's Film Festival, October 13–14, 2007, in Baltimore, Maryland. This marks the 21st festival in which the film has screened. Miss Lil’s Camp has won numerous awards and honors, including an invitation to screen at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Celebratory Ceremonies, and a CINE Golden Eagle Award.

Suzanne Niedland, who co-directed the film with Anberin Pasha, will attend the festival and screening. “The relevancy of this little documentary is Lillian Smith’s method of dealing with the timeless issues of intolerance and empowerment of women," said Niedland. "What pleases me most is that when the 26-minute film ends, the dialogue about the relevancy of these issues continues. ”

Miss Lil’s Camp is a documentary about the director of an exclusive summer camp for girls from upper middle class Southern homes. Miss Lil, as Lillian Smith was known, taught Laurel Falls’ campers that segregation was wrong. She expressed her thoughts and radical ideas at a time when Southern leadership was committed to a racially segregated society and Jim Crow laws permeated every aspect of social life. Some young campers were repulsed by her ideas while others embraced them. In the film, three former campers and a former camp employee return to Laurel Falls Camp in Clayton, Georgia. Weaving narratives of former campers and rare archival footage of Lillian Smith, the film brings Miss Lil and Laurel Falls Camp back to life.

Niedland added that she is especially excited about attending the Baltimore Women’s Film Festival since she was born and spent her early years in nearby Wilmington, Delaware.

The Baltimore Women’s Film Festival is founded in the appreciation of cinematic art that is either designed for or created by women. The festival is also proactive in women’s health issues and is currently donating 50% of all 2007 ticket proceeds to The John Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center. Indie films, art and music will be featured at this unique and highly-anticipated festival.

Miss Lil’s Camp is scheduled to screen at the Baltimore Museum of Art as part of the festival’s Documentary Films Showcase from 11:00am – 1:00pm on October 14, 2007.

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