MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE

When: March 3, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.

Where: The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street, Toronto, ON

What: Sarah Jacobson's punk-spirited DIY feature about the sexual awakening of a high-school girl as she spends her senior year working at an independent movie cinema. Preceded by her acclaimed feminist B-movie tribute I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER.

TORONTO PREMIERE OF NEW RESTORATION!

Co-Presented by cléo film journal + TIFF NEXT WAVE.

MARY JANE'S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE (1996)
Dir. Sarah Jacobson
Cast:  Lisa Gerstein, Greg Cruikshank, Chris Enright, Beth Allen .
Runtime: 97 minutes (feature) + 27 minutes (short)
Country: USA

“Utterly charming and relentlessly honest. Jacobson was a revolutionary.” - Max Sparber, MINN POST

“There’s an alternate world where this blew up instead of CLERKS.” Matt Lynch, Scarecrow Video

Perception: your “first” time will feel amazing, and be just as romantic an experience as you’ve seen in the movies. Reality: it’s actually gonna be awkward, gross and will hurt.

Eww. Why does anyone do it again?

When suburban teen Mary Jane’s “first” time fails to live up expectations, she intends to swear off sex all together, and instead begins to investigate whey anyone puts up with it in the first place, turning to the “cooler” older colleagues she works with at an indie movie theatre for insight. Further epiphanies and hijinks ensue, all in keeping with the traditions of the coming-of-age genre, only rarely have they ever been presented with such raw honesty and biting wit. Written, directed, and willed into existence against the odds by Sarah Jacobson, the undisputed Queen of DIY culture in the 1990s, and buoyed by a fantastic punk soundtrack (with an on-screen cameo from Jello Biafra), MARY JANE is among the most insightful movies about love, sex and growing up ever made, and without a flat-out masterpiece in the pantheon of underground cinema.

WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL is made possible in part by the funding support from Vinegar Syndrome and the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.