Documentary JEANNETTE Story of a Puerto Rican Female Bodybuilder Survivor of the Pulse

Documentary JEANNETTE Story of a Puerto Rican Female Bodybuilder Survivor of the Pulse

Filmed in striking and intimate vérité, this portrait of competitive bodybuilder and queer single mother Jeannette Feliciano 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, TIFF world premiere 2016) delivers her feature documentary debut with the World Premiere of JEANNETTE.

Feature Doc | USA | 2022 | 78 min | Color 

In English & Spanish

2022 San Francisco International Film Festival

April 21 – May 1, 2022

In-Person Screening (World Premiere)

Sat., April 23rd, 3:15pm, Roxie Theatre


Maris Curran, Director/Producer

Acclaimed filmmaker 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.

Director: Maris Curran

Producers: Maris Curran, Jon Coplon

Editors: Eduardo Serrano, Katrina Taylor

Cinematographer: Jerry Henry

Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman

Starting On: April 21, 2022
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