Scrappy, raw, and quaintly unpretentious, Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore surveys the punk universe of a small midwestern town with none of the usual shock-value affectations. Made for a song, it proves itself the persistent train that could.
Suburban Jane, the archetypical schoolgirl nerd, desperately wants to be as hip and worldly as her older movie theater coworkers. But without a body manipulation, dreaded lock, or sexual conquest to her name, she is perpetually dismissed as plain little Mary Jane by the cooler than thou. When Jane is unceremoniously deflowered and promptly discarded by the town’s most infamous asshole, the motley group of workers rallies to her side. Jane arises with a new sense of self and firm grasp on her sexuality.
With a hot indie score and disarming performance by Lisa Gerstein, writer/director/producer/editor and cinematographer Sarah Jacobson’s sassy debut is a sheer delight.
Sarah Jacobson (August 25, 1971, Norwalk, Connecticut – February 13, 2004 New York City) was an independent filmmaker, writing, producing, and filming her own movies.
After studying with George Kuchar, Jacobson began making her first film while in her early twenties. Jacobson’s two major releases were I Was a Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore. Both were well-received at film festivals across North America, such as the New York Underground Film Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival and Sundance. I Was a Teenage Serial Killer featured songs by Heavens to Betsy. She was listed in Spin Magazine as one of the “Top Influences on Girl Culture”. Also outspoken in their praise were film critic Roger Ebert, filmmaker Allison Anders and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Ed Halter, writing in the Village Voice, considered I Was A Teenage Serial Killer,“…a key film of that decade’s angrily subversive underground cinema.”
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