Photo by Jenny Nichols

Photo by Jenny Nichols

Therese Shechter

producer/writer/director

Therese Shechter is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn. Her work fuses humor and personal storytelling to disturb what's considered most sacred about womanhood. She is currently writing and directing the in-progress documentary My So-Called Selfish Life. She most recently directed How To Lose Your Virginity (2013) about the mythology and misogyny around our most precious gift. She also curates The V-Card Diaries, an online story-sharing companion to that documentary, which was exhibited at The Kinsey Institute’s Juried Art Show (their first interactive piece). 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 Seoul. A frequent public speaker, she’s presented her work at festivals, conferences, galleries, social justice organizations, and college classrooms, including Harvard’s Rethinking Virginity conference, and numerous events with Planned Parenthood. Her work is in the collections of over 300 schools, orgs and libraries. Therese has written about filmmaking, feminism, sexuality, and the childfree experience, for publications including Self, Real Simple, Topic, Bust, Bitch, The Nib, and The Chicago Tribune. In her spare time, she co-hosts the podcast Downton Gabby, a funny feminist dish on media by and about women.  More –>


Photo by Michael Barker

Photo by Michael Barker

Iris Ng

cinematographer

Iris Ng is a cinematographer with over a decade of experience collaborating with award-winning filmmakers and artists. Her credits encompass art, narrative films, documentary series, commercials, and music videos, with a focus on long-form documentaries including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (Best Canadian Film - Toronto Film Critics Association, Best Documentary - Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Best Non-Fiction Film - New York Film Critics Circle), Shirkers by Sandi Tan (Sundance Directing Award), Herman's House directed by Angad Bhalla (Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Program),  The Ghosts in Our Machine directed by Liz Marshall (Best Canadian Feature - Planet In Focus International Film and Video Festival), a portion of the the 10-part docuseries Making A Murderer, Storyline Entertainment's League of Exotique Dancers, and Yap Films' Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl. She has also lensed films directed by Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Vikram Jayanti, Martha Burns, Fisher Stevens for international broadcasters and producers including the BBC, PBS, Netflix, ARD, the CBC and National Film Board of Canada. More –>

Additional Cinematography:
Kelly Creedon, Jenny Nichols, Rachel Lears, and Scott Squire.


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Siobhan Dunne

Editor

Siobhan Dunne was born and raised in New York City, and began her film career as an assistant to the documentarian Frederick Wiseman. Since then, she has edited a variety of film and TV projects, including Hellfighters, which she also co-produced. It premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen worldwide, winning numerous awards including Best Documentary at the Urban World Film Festival. Most recently Siobhan edited Tanaz Eshaghian's The Last Refugees which was shown at Hot Docs. Other projects include Joel Fendelman's Needle Through Brick, Deborah Kampmeier's SPLiT and Cindy Kleine's film and immersive installation Dead Girl Vampire Cats. In 2000, Siobhan wrote and directed the narrative short STICKY, a coming of age story about teenage girls in Queens, NY. STICKY premiered at the Austin Film Festival and played in festivals around the country. More –>


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Mandi Kreisher

Social Media Manager

Mandi Kreisher is a social media manager with over five years of experience whose clients include the Marriott Hotel chain, traveling music tour High School Nation, and her own cookie company Call Me Cookie. She’s responsible for the smart, funny, and topical posts on My So Called Selfish Life’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Before all of this, she was an actress in the city of Lost Angels, something she had wanted to do since she was a kid. After about ten years in the industry, it turned out it just wasn't for her. She’s fully behind My So Called Selfish Life, and feels lucky to be able to work on this project.


Marin Sander Holzman

Story Consultant/additional editing

Marin Sander Holzman edited our documentary How To Lose Your Virginity which came out in 2013. He is a digital media producer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. Marin's producer or editorial department credits include: film (The Laramie Project, The Woodsman, Lackawanna Blues, Off the Black, Shadowboxer, Shortbus), television (Dateline, The Today Show, Rattled, Frontline: The Jesus Factor, PBS News Hour, Artstar), documentary (The Laura Flanders Show, The Line, How to Lose Your Virginity, 400 Miles to Freedom, Bi The Way) and new media (Columbia University, Marin Media Lab, Strayer Studios). In 2011 Marin created Marin Media Lab, a new media company dedicated primarily to the contemporary performance community and has made over 50 short form documentaries about performing artists and their work. Learn more –>

 

The Squad!

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Social Media:
Mandi Kreisher
Eryn Johnson

Transcription and research: 
Theresa Gallo
Theresa Goba
Gillian Kleiman
Asha Bajaj
Nandita Bajaj

Production Assistants: 
Joshua Augustin
Diana Costin
Giovanna Ferri
Jinglin Li
Jayme Mendez
Michelle Milner
Becky Jewell
Adrien Lesser
Jordan Pines
Melissa Salli
Sara Schmidt
Arnisha Thomas


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Production Assistant BamBam guards the camera gear

Production Assistant BamBam guards the camera gear

George, International Correspondent

George, International Correspondent

Emma

Emma

Birdie and Bear (baby pictures)

Luke

Luke

Violet

Violet

Tinder Fiddles

Tinder Fiddles