Fri, Jul 19, 7:00pm: Post-screening discussion with Nashville-based sailors and racers Ashley Evans, social chair for Harbor Island Yacht Club (HIYC) and media and marketing chair for Nashville Vanguard 15 Fleet 77; Shea Freeman, member of Percy Priest Yacht Club; Ania Gorska, HIYC member and treasurer of Nashville Vanguard 15 Fleet 77; Laura “Twigs” Johnson, founder and CEO of Leadership Academy and its Nashville Sail Camp, and member of HIYC and Percy Priest Yacht Club; and Kim Rafferty, camp director for Nashville Sail Camp and member of HIYC. BUY TICKETS
In 1989, the idea of a competitive all-female sailboat crew was inconceivable to the chauvinistic world of open-ocean yacht racing. The story of Maiden’s upstart run at the Whitbread Round the World Race has all the elements of an epic adventure tale—50-foot waves, life and death drama, near-mutiny, thrilling victory—starring a team of defiant young women led by the remarkable, complicated Tracy Edwards. Lacking experience and funds, Tracy possessed an unyielding determination, recruiting skilled sailors that excelled under her spirited leadership. Putting everything on the line, the Maiden team bested male crews in their class while transfixing the sailing world. Tracy Edwards was awarded the 1990 Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first woman ever to receive the accolade, and was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire.
“Mixing archival material and fresh interviews with Edwards and her crew, [director Alex] Holmes creates an engaging, suspenseful story with layers of social resonance. MAIDEN is gripping and effective even if…you have absolutely no interest in sailing.” —Caryn James, Hollywood Reporter “An incredible story, and Holmes keeps a sharp eye on its cultural commentary to make it a part of a contemporary conversation.” —Nick Allen, rogerebert.com “Little was expected of the ‘girls’ who dared to crash this particular boys’ club nearly three decades ago, but their respectable showing during the intense nine-month race changed the sport’s hitherto extreme gender bias for good.” —Dennis Harvey, Variety
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