The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Country: United States
Run Time: 100 minutes
One of the most enjoyable serials that used to keep little Saturday-matinee addicts gnawing their jujubes in suspense from cliffhanging-chapter to chapter was Republic's 1941 JUNGLE GIRL, starring Frances Gifford as the brave Nyoka and Tom Neal as Stanton. Richard Myers was a 9-year-old fan when he first saw the serial. The independent filmmaker saw it again recently and met with Gifford, whose career ended after a serious car accident in 1948. Myers' JUNGLE GIRL recreates original scenes and combines them with personal reminiscences and haunting dream sequences of unusual beauty in his experimental style. JUNGLE GIRL takes us through a rare backstage view of Hollywood in a nostalgic, but tongue-in-cheek homage to a long-gone tradition.
Mary Leed, Jake Leed