TO KID OR NOT TO KID directed by Maxine Trump
TO KID OR NOT TO KID directed by Maxine Trump

There is still a myth that living childfree is weird, selfish or somehow wrong. In a world where you’re threatened for speaking openly about living childfree, two women, search for ways to support each other in making the decision to live without kids.

The documentary To Kid Or Not To Kid by filmmaker Maxine Trump, is a new film that aims to tackle the myth that living childfree is weird, selfish or somehow wrong.  The documentary, an official selection of DOC NYC, Cleveland International Film Festival and Woods Hole Film Festival will open in theaters on Friday, November 15, 2019.

Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself and her close circle of family and friends as she confronts the idea of not having kids. While exploring the cultural pressures and harsh criticism childfree women regularly experience, as  well as the personal impact this decision may have on her own relationship, Maxine meets other women reckoning with their choice: Megan, who struggles with the high dose of contraceptive hormones and seeks sterilization and Victoria, who lives with the backlash of publicly acknowledging that she made a mistake when she had a child.

The award-winning director of the New York Times Critics’ Pick Musicwood, Maxine Trump has directed short documentaries for the TV network TNT, Sundance Channel, BBC, TLC etc. She worked for the BBC in London for seven years as a development executive for scripted comedy before emigrating to the USA, working as a TV commercial director and producer for eight years. She won BDA awards for her work on numerous commercial projects for Network TV and agency clients, including AMC, National Geographic, PBS, BBC America, Animal Planet, Comedy Central, American Cancer Society, L’Oreal, Oreos etc.

Maxine is on the selection committee for DOC NYC and Nantucket film festival, a Manhattan chapter leader of the Non-profit film group Filmshop, the author of the documentary guide “Diving into Documentaries” and teaches documentary filmmaking at the New York Film Academy, She holds an MFA from London Metropolitan University, lives in Brooklyn, NY and continues to direct her own feature documentaries as well as producing and editing for feature documentary clients.

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