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Crowdfunding: Therese Shechter's My So-Called Selfish Life

NYWIFT member Therese Shecter is raising funds for her new documentary, My So-Called Selfish Life. To donate to Therese's film, click here. The deadline to donate is October 18, 2017.

Therese writes: "Did you know that having children is the only way for women to reach their full feminine potential? No? Me neither. This documentary-in-progress is about choosing not to have children in a culture where motherhood feels mandatory. This film will give voice to the growing numbers of people who don’t want children, and reveal the powerful cultural and political forces behind the message that a woman’s most important (and perhaps only) role is to reproduce."

NYWIFT member Therese Shechter
NYWIFT member Therese Shechter
Therese Shechter is a filmmaker, writer, and multi-media storyteller based in Brooklyn. Her work fuses humor and personal storytelling to disturb what's considered most sacred about womanhood, most recently as the writer and director of the documentary How To Lose Your Virginity (2013). Therese also curates and edits The V-Card Diaries, a searchable interactive companion to How To Lose Your Virginity, which was exhibited at The Kinsey Institute’s Juried Art Show in 2013 (their first interactive piece!). Therese is a frequent college speaker, and one of her films is possibly screening in a classroom as you are reading this. Her other documentaries include the award-winning I Was A Teenage Feminist (2005) and How I Learned To Speak Turkish (2006), which have screened from Rio de Janeiro to Ankara to the Bronx. In her spare time she is a co-host of the podcast Downton Gabby, discussing media by and about women.

Watch the trailer and donate at Kickstarter.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts