Meet the crew
THERESE SHECHTER (Director, Producer, Writer) is a filmmaker, writer, designer and multi-media storyteller. Fusing humor, personal storytelling and grassroots activism, Therese chronicles sex and feminism in the 21st century, most recently as writer and director of the documentary HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY. Therese also curates the interactive crowd-sourced story collection THE V-CARD DIARIES, which was recently exhibited at The Kinsey Institute. She is currently working on a new documentary about women who choose not to have children.
Since the release of her first film, the award-winning I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST, Therese has presented her work in festivals, universities, art galleries and on television from Rio de Janeiro to Seoul to Brooklyn, NY. Her films are in the collections of hundreds of universities and organizations, and she has partnered with Planned Parenthood, Torch/NARAL Pro-Choice NY, and Spark Movement to create programs for young women and men.
Therese's work has been covered by The Atlantic, Salon, The Chicago Tribune, Elle, Jezebel, The Guardian and the Jakarta Globe, among others. She has written for The Chicago Tribune, Talking Points Memo, Nerve and Women & Hollywood, and has freelanced as an art director for The New York Times, Newsweek and Fortune. Her company Trixie Films is based in Brooklyn. For more about Therese go to her website.
LISA ESSELSTEIN (Producer/Additional Writing) is a Senior Writer/Producer at USA Network, the number one cable network in America. Her department, Brandworks, is the award-winning in-house creative agency responsible for the development and execution of innovative, industry-leading co-branded initiatives for USA's strategic marketing initiatives and digital platforms.
Previously, she was a writer/producer at Sundance Channel, where she produced short-form programming for scripted originals, including the Emmy-nominated TOP OF THE LAKE,RECTIFY, and THE RED ROAD. Lisa was even lucky enough to receive an award or two. Prior to Sundance Channel, Lisa produced and edited trailers and documentary shorts for IFC Films. She was involved in the marketing and release of more than 55 titles during my time there, including Miranda July’s ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW, JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN, THIS IS ENGLAND, and the Oscar-nominated TRANSAMERICA.
Lisa and Therese met when both were volunteers at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. They have been collaborators and partners-in-crime ever since. You can find more of her work here.
MARIN SANDER-HOLZMAN (Editor/Additional Writing) is an editor and video artist living in Brooklyn NY. His editorial department feature film credits include THE LARAMIE PROJECT, THE WOODSMAN, LACKAWANNA BLUES, OFF THE BLACK, SHADOWBOXER, SHORTBUS, and LITTLE NEW YORK as well as long and short form documentaries including the The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The Line, Dateline, The Today Show, and Frontline: “The Jesus Factor”. He was the editor and contributing writer for the eight episode television series ARTSTAR, a collaboration with Deitch Projects. Marin has collaborated on video works for contemporary performance with artists Yasuko Yokoshi, Steven Reker/People Get Ready, Anna Azrieli, Kim Epifano and Miguel Gutierrez. In 2012 Marin created Marin Media Lab, a place for experiments in new media, contemporary performance and film. The lab recently produced a series of interviews with contemporary performing artists. You can watch the interviews and learn more at Marin Media Lab.
DINA GUTTMANN (Editor) has been a part of the documentary world since 1996, editing films shot all over the world. She edited several PBS films including INDEPENDENT SPIRITS (2001), National Geographic's THE LAST ROYALS (2005), and A HEALING ART (2010); and many film festival successes such as COWGIRLS (2002 USA Film Festival finalist), ILONA, UPSTAIRS (HBO Audience Award, 2005 Provincetown Film Festival), and MEZZANOTTE OBSCURA (Best Short Documentary, 2010 Kent Film Festival). Dina received a Bachelors of Arts in architecture with a specialization in film from Columbia University. She and her producing partner, veteran editor Toby Shimin, run the production company Dovetail Films.
JUDE RAY (Senior Consulting Producer) is wide-ranging, award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose producing, associate producing and writing credits include prime-time specials and series for major national and international broadcasters, including PBS, HBO, NHK, A&E and Turner Broadcasting, Swedish, Australian, Irish, Danish, Dutch TV. For BBC she did investigative reporting and her films have premiered at Sundance, the Human Rights Watch Film Festivals and on PBS’s celebrated documentary series, POV. As story and media strategist and consulting producer, Ray works with documentary and fiction filmmakers to clarify and strengthen narrative, messaging and distribution strategies, and designs and implements campaigns for high-profile social issue media clients. She's a founding Board Member and Co- President of the newly created Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT).
STEPHEN THOMAS CAVIT (Composer) recently completed the score for the documentary THE GREATER GOOD. His score for EVERYTHING’S COOL premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and he has contributed music to the films CHUCK & BUCK and THE GOOD GIRL for director Miguel Arteta (Sundance 2000 and 2002) and the documentary BLUE VINYL (Sundance 2002). In 2008, Stephen was awarded a regional Emmy Award for his work on the PBS series COMMUNITY STORIES as well as a residency with the prestigious St. James Cathedral Choir in Seattle, the first in it’s 100 year history.
ELLICE LITWAK (Associate Producer) is interested in exploring the areas between autobiography and fiction. For the last three years, she has contributed her writing, editing and research expertise to the documentary "How to Lose Your Virginity." She received a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she also studied Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While pursuing her undergraduate degree she researched queer performance activism, contentious movements in psychiatry, and feminist theories on labor. In addition to this documentary project, Ellice works for a New York-based LGBTQ Jewish organization.
ANNELIESE PAULL (Cinematographer) is a cinematographer and producer/shooter who works extensively in the documentary and reality television field. Her work has been featured on HBO: Documentary, A&E, MTV, and truTV, in addition to ABC: News productions of HOPKINS and NY MED. With a background in narrative filmmaking at NYU's film and television production program, Anneliese brings years of lighting and storytelling experience to the often hectic world of documentary filmmaking. Most recently, she has collaborated with producer Lisa Esselstein on numerous commercials and branded content for the Sundance Channel. Her work can be viewed at her website.
RUBEN O'MALLEY (Cinematographer) shoots for film and television and was one of the DPs of I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST. Most recently Ruben completed production on three feature films, ONCE MORE WITH FEELING (dir. Jeff Lipsky), TWELVE THIRTY (dir. Jeff Lipsky, opening nationwide in August 2010) and HARVEST (dir. Marc Meyers). Building on a strong documentary shooting background and his own film GO ARMY, he continues to work in TV, with FORGOTTEN ELLIS ISLAND (NEH, American Experience) and INDY SEX (IFC) currently airing.
JENNA ROSHER (Cinematographer) has produced, directed and filmed a wide variety of social, political and music documentaries for television and film. Her work has been featured on MTV, VH1, HBO, USA Network, Nat Geo, TLC, Discovery Channel, BBC, Sundance Channel, A&E, ESPN, ABC and CBS. In 2004, she directed the critically acclaimed documentary DAVE AND TREY GO TO AFRICA, a musical portrait of Dave Matthews and Phish’s Trey Anastasio during their visit to Dakar, Senegal.In 2005, Jenna worked as a co-cinematographer on JESUS CAMP, the academy-award-nominated documentary about an evangelical summer camp for kids. In 2009, she premiered her feature documentary JUNIOR, which won the Best Documentary prize at the 2009 Woodstock Film Festival and the 2009 Audience Award at Sheffield Docfest in the UK. Jenna is currently developing several documentary projects, one which focuses on modern parenting practices that divide the generations.