The Filmmakers

THERESE SHECHTER (Director/Co-Producer/Videographer) is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, artist and public speaker whose films have screened on television, at film festivals and on college campuses all over the world. Her first feature, I Was A Teenage Feminist, which premiered in New York in 2005 won Best Film at the Jewish Women's Film Festival (NCJW New York section) and was given a Special Mention at the Karachi Film Festival in Pakistan. Her documentary short entitled How I Learned to Speak Turkish which won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Atlanta Film Festival. Her most recent film is How To Lose Your Virginity. You can read a full biography of Therese Shechter here.

STEPHANIE ST. PIERRE (Co-Producer) has worked for 20 years in the field of children's publishing as an author, creative and licensing consultant and publishing executive. Her last position in the industry was a Publishing Director of CTW Books, a joint venture of Random House Children's Publishing, Inc. and Children's Television Workshop. A prolific author, Ms. St. Pierre has published hundreds of books for children of all ages. Her book "What To Do When A Parent Is Out Of Work" was an ALA Notable Book in 1990.

St. Pierre is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and received the Master's of Divinity degree in 2002. She recently began studying for her Master's in Public Health at Columbia University. The focus of her work is in theology and environmental health from a postmodern eco-feminist perspective.She is currently developing a documentary feature on sex education for the new millennium aimed at teenagers and college students exploring various issues in the area of reproductive technology.

Since May 2002, St. Pierre has been involved in the 9/11 recovery efforts as a program director at Safe Horizon, a victim services organization in New York City. She has recently worked as an editorial consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank on a project to end domestic violence in the Caribbean..

CAROLE LARSEN (Editor) is a Toronto-based editor originally from Nova Scotia. For the past seventeen years she has been editing documentaries (Things That Move, Meet the Sumdees) and fiction films (Outlaws of Missouri, Fairytales and Pornography), and she has collaborated with award-winning filmmakers Richard Fung (Sea in the Blood) and Therese Shechter (I Was A Teenage Feminist). Ms. Larsen is a past member of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and served on the board of Charles Street Video. She studied film at Ryerson University and was an Editor Resident at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Centre.

KRISTIN BARLOW (Additional Editing) most recently worked with Kate Davis as co-editor of a one-hour documentary,The Exonerated, aired as part of an A & E's Investigative Reports series. She worked with documentary filmmakers such as Robert Gardner, Richard Rogers and Ross McElwee at Harvard's Film Study Center to design and develop an extensive website showcasing their films and the center. Barlow is also editor forDancing on Eggs, a work-in-progress documentary about egg donors. Barlow is a graduate of Harvard University where she received a BA in Social Anthropology in addition to her studies in film and video, computer science and literature.

ELLEN KO (Associate Producer) is a writer and director based in Boston. Her most recent project is a video short entitled All Girl Monster Movie. She currently works for Boston Community Television and has done production work for NBC, Castlerock Entertainment and She Television (Japan). In addition, she has worked for Miramax's publicity department and at the Sundance International Film Festival. Her collaborative video and live performance piece Pooloop has been exhibited at The Kitchen in New York. Ko is a graduate of Oberlin College where she was a member of the Film Makers' Co-op.

MALINDA FOY (Associate Producer)

NANCY ROTH (Consulting Producer) is currently Co-Executive Director of GreenHouse Pictures. Nancy joined Mixed Greens Documentaries in 2000 and co-produced Worst Possible Illusion: The Curiosity Cabinet of Vik Muniz, which had its broadcast premiere on the Independent Lens Series on PBS in October 2003.  She was the Supervising Producer for Mixed Greens on three documentaries, Slumming It: Myth & Culture on the Bowery156 Rivington, which premiered on the Sundance Channel in October 2003, andThe Federation of Black Cowboys.   Prior to joining Mixed Greens, Nancy Co-Produced Greener Grass: Cuba, Baseball and the United States, which was produced in association with ITVS and Thirteen/WNET, and received the Banff Rockie Award in 2001.  Prior to this Nancy worked in feature film and commercial production for over ten years.

ANGELA MARTENEZ (Consulting Producer) has been active in the development of fundraising strategy and materials for I Was A Teenage Feminist. Following an early career in grassroots adult education, she has worked in film and video for nearly a decade, from production to fundraising.  Past projects include features such as Macky Alston's Questioning Faith, (2002) broadcast on HBO/Cinemax as well as industrials for IBM and commercials for Optimum Online and BBC-America. She is currently associate producer on The History Channel's popular Deep Sea Detectives series while beginning production on an independent documentary feature.

The subjects

  • Nancy, who manages a grrrl rock band and organized a fledgling women's rock music festival.

  • Elaine, a 20-year-old Cuban-American who left behind a traditional, Catholic life in Miami to study opera and boys in New York City.

  • Carollina, who describes herself as a 'rabid feminist,' as well as a stay-at-home mom.

  • Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel, Editors of Bust, struggling to keep afloat a magazine whose motto is 'Fun Fierce and Feminist', and who disdain politics in favor of cultural and consumer revolution.

  • Vinnie, of Vinnie's Tampon Cases, who's trying to educate men, and help women, with the monthly flow, and answers the question: 'Can men be feminists?'

  • Myriam, the filmmaker's mother and greatest role model, a pianist, linguist, writer and product of 1950s Communist Romania, where everyone worked for the good of the party, but women still had to clean up afterwards.

  • Plus insightful commentary from Gloria Steinem and Ms. founding editor Letty Cottin Pogrebin, as well noted Third Wave activists Jennifer Baumgartner (co-author of "Manifesta") and Jennifer Pozner (of "Reality Bites Back")

Advisory Board

MACKY ALSTON's most recent film is Questioning Faith, a feature documentary that aired on HBO/ Cinemax in June 2002 to critical acclaim. His debut documentary, Family Name, premiered in 1997 at the Sundance Film Festival where it won the Freedom of Expression Award. Family Name aired nationally on PBS, was nominated for an Emmy Award and was featured on Oprah and Siskel & Ebert. Alston is currently producing The Dwelling Place, about a women's homeless shelter in New York.

BONNIE ANDERSON is Broeklundian Professor of History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, teaching courses in women's history and the history of feminism. With Judith P. Zissner she co-authored "A History of their Own: Women in Europe from Pre-History to the Present." Her newest book is "Joyous Greetings: The First International Women's Movement 1830-1860." She has also worked as a rape crisis counselor at St Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village for over a decade and marches for women's issues, public education and assorted radical causes.

PAULA KAMEN is the author of "Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution," the first large-scale journalistic report on postboomer women's sexual attitudes. She is also the author of what is noted as the first "Third Wave" feminist book, "Feminist Fatale: Voices from the 'Twentysomething' Generation Explore the Future of the Women's Movement," as well as the play, Jane: Abortion and the Underground. A Chicago-based journalist, her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and about a dozen anthologies. Since 1994, she has been visiting research scholar with the Northwestern University Gender Studies program.

ANNE KINGSTON is an award-winning journalist and columnist for the national Canadian daily, National Post, where she writes about social and contemporary issues. She is also the bestselling author of "The Edible Man: Dave Nichol, President's Choice and the Making of Popular Taste," which won the 1995 National Business Book Award. A winner of and nominee for numerous National Magazine Awards, Kingston has contributed toThe Globe and MailSaturday NightToronto Life, and the Chicago Sun-Times magazine. Her book, "The Meaning of Wife," an exploration into the influence of the role of wife on female identity, will be published in March.
Anne Kingston's column in the National Post

JILL KIRSCHENBAUM is the Editor-In-Chief of the recently re-launched Working Mother Magazine. She came to the publication from Fast Company where, as senior editor, she was responsible for the cutting edge front-of-the-book section, 'Report From the Future.' Prior to Fast Company, Kirschenbaum was part of the editorial team that re-launched American Demographics in 1999. Her over 20 years in journalism includes writing and editing for publications including Life, Marie Clare, Connoisseur, Ms. and Premiere.

JENNIFER POZNER is the founder of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a new media monitoring group that seeks to promote positive, accurate portrayals of women's and human rights issues in journalism and popular culture. Prior to founding WIMN, Pozner directed the Women's Desk at the national media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) during which time she debunked media inaccuracy and helped activists respond to sexist, racist and homophobic news coverage. Pozner contributes a regular Media Watch columnist for Sojourner: The Women's Forum and has been published in Ms., Newsday, Chicago Tribune, andBitch among others. Pozner has appeared as a commentator on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," Oxygen TV's "Pure Oxygen," and Pacifica Radio's "Democracy Now!"

MARIE WILSON has been an advocate of women's issues for more than 30 years. She became president of the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1984, raising millions of dollars for programs and organizations serving women and girls including the Ms. Foundation's $16 million endowment fund. She co-founded The White House Project in 1998, which is dedicated to advancing women's leadership by enhancing public perceptions of women's capacity to lead. Wilson also co-created the hugely successful Take Our Daughters To Work Day and served as an official government delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing, China in 1995.