Saving Jackie

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Saving Jackie is a snapshot of a recovering addict’s attempt to strengthen her damaged relationship with her two estranged daughters. Mother, Jackie, recovers from a twenty-year crack-cocaine addiction as her daughters, Selena and Lorita, transition into adulthood.  The eldest daughter, Selena, documents her and Lorita’s raw reconciliation process with their mother as it unfolds on to video. Saving Jackie examines the long-term side effects of abusive behaviors on family relationships. Over the course of the 35 minute documentary, daughter/director Selena Burks-Rentschler revisits life changing events through the use of candid interviews and family photographs.


Selena A. Burks-Rentschler is a filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and confronting the complex issues facing urban America. Selena earned her BFA from Wright State University in 2003. With a fellowship grant from the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, she completed the documentary short Saving Jackie, the profound story of her mother’s battle with drug addiction. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and was an Official Selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival the same year. Selena was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship Grant for her work with Saving Jackie.