To Kid Or Not To Kid - CREATIVE TEAM

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“To Kid Or Not To Kid”

is Directed and edited by

Maxine Trump

Maxine Trump's last feature documentary, “Musicwood”, was a New York Times Critics' Pick, a festival award-winner and played in theaters, on airlines and TV networks around the world. Maxine has directed both long and short documentaries for the TV networks Discovery, TNT, Sundance Channel, BBC, TLC, etc. She worked at 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 work on numerous commercial projects for 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 the Nantucket Film Festival; a Manhattan chapter leader of the non-profit film group Filmshop; the author of the documentary book "A Documentary Roadmap" released by Focal Press in Winter/Spring 2018; and a teacher of 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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Josh Granger – Co-Producer and additional Editor

Her co-producer and editor, Josh Granger, worked as story producer for the first season of the award-winning real-life series “Random 1” on A&E and has produced a number of 60-minute shows for National Geographic Television. He has worked for the past 15 years producing and editing documentary programming for channels such as A&E, TBS, TNT, National Geographic, and BBC America.


Josh edited Maxine’s last feature documentary, the New York Times Critics’ Pick, “Musicwood". He has also done editing work on documentaries that focus on diverse subjects, from women in the construction industry to race and housing in Chicago. He has lectured at American University and School of Visual Arts.

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Marie Vanderrusten – Production Coordinator and Behind The Scenes Editor

Marie Vanderrusten holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication & Media Studies. She started her career working for a documentary production company in Brussels before moving to New York City to learn more about documentary filmmaking. Now based in Brooklyn, she has produced, directed and edited her first short documentary, “Home Free”, which is in the process of being distributed. She is currently working on several other projects as an editor and producer assistant. We hope to be able to promote Marie to the role of Associate Producer as she has far exceeded our expectations as a PA.

Associate Producers

Cindy Taylor, Abigail Howkins, Christine Sempoux, James Granger, Jessica Atlass, Lee Konen, Paul Vanderrusten, Leonard Pihlak

And all of our amazing Kickstarter Supporters

Amilca Palmer, Amy O'Brien, Atom Kanner, Brad Chamberlain, Casey J. Pedrick, Craig and Rosalyn Williams, Dana Deskowitz, Danielle Tandet, Elise Leitzel, Elizabeth Rodd, Ian Westley, Barb Kap, Irene Schneeweis, Isaac Cohen, Isabella Lewi, James Crothers, Julie Moskovitz, Laura Fielder, Lesley Melincoff & Perry Lee, Leslie Lillo, Lisa Nola, Lorien Barlow, Mark & Lori Bloomberg, Melissa Marks, Michiko Byers, Randall Dottin, Rolf Skar, Sarah Glass, Thomasin Bentley, Uzoamaka Okoye, Victoria Lemont, Vincent Averill, Claire Jones, Amy & Lance, Kirsti Edwards, Melanie Holmes, Lani Boyer, Lawryn LaCroix, Lindsey Boyle, Nina Kulkarni, Tom and Kelly D'Auria, Curt Wallin, Adam Marks, Lori Erlitz, Philip Sugar, Dawnmarie Ellen Simpson, Erin Essenmacher, James Furr, Jennifer Chazen, Laurie Itkin, Lynn Hughes, Matt Deskiewicz, Sarah Barnett, Josh Granger, A G, Adam Brown, Alexis Neophytides, Alice Rothwell, Amanda Brzezowski, Amelia Tabullo, Amy Boorse, Anne Emilie Schoeneborn, Audra Lynne Atkins-Reeves, Bennett Olson, Black Bag Pictures, Charlotte Steeples, Christina Godlewska, Colin Ferguson, Courtney, David Weil, Dawn Smallman, Deenie Hartzog, Dman Shaws, Don Pawley, Dre Koval, Dylan Matthews, Elizabeth & Clarke, Graceann Dorse, Katherine Schwarz, Joanne Bailey, Helena Tolvhed, Hilary Benas, Holly Eve, Jacqueline Carr, Jason Fritz, Jeff Hayes, Jess Regel, Jo Pearce, John P Speargas, Josh Van De Nakker, Kate Newton, Kim Ramelow, Kristen N, Laura Atwood, Lisa Wong Ravlich, Macy Lao, Madeleine Humphrey, Maldoror Media, Maria Novotny, Mary McCartney, Megan Turner, Meghan Flannigan, Melissa Mootz, Michelle Parker, Neil Horsburgh, Nina Gielen, Pedro V., Phil Granger, Rachel Cunningham, Randy Ramsey, Rebecca, Rebecca Payne, Rose Turner, Roxanne Wigglesworth, Sara Nogueira Lago, Sebastian Soares, Sophie Dennison-Gibby, Stephanie Means, Sue Intemann, Timmy Mislock, Tina Dubosque, Tracey, Veronique, Yasmin Mistry, Zeshawn Ali, Marcia Davis, Liz Nord, Chloe Kurabi, Dianna Johnson, Jason Koxvold, Lina Plioplyte and Ari Seth Cohen, Sarah, Sarah Wright, Tracy Sacks, Heather Memory, Jennifer Congiliando, Nitya Viswanath, Richard Siddall, Sarah Hicks, Xiaoxiao Chen, Sara Wal, lAlec Bardzik, Allison Leigh, Angela Gelatt, Angela Nahigian, Barbara S. Feigin, Brittany Brolley, Carlton Dixon, Claire, Cynthia Yardley, Dan Raphael, DeVito Family, Diane Pavia, Dominik Walser, Ed David, Emily Harrold, endless surface productions, Frida Berrigan, Anya Morozova, Jon Wilmeth, Judy Kerstein, Kara McGuirk, Karina Mangu-Ward, Leanna Born, Liane Moccia, Liz Topp, Louisa O'Grady, Mandy Bayton, Marissa Gimeno, Megan Barbour, Patty & Greg Remington, Phyllis Cuomo Heinrich, Rebecca Israel, Sandy & Ken Reinhard, Sarah, Shannon 'Isaiah' Ko, Sorcha Heron, Stacie Schiotis, Sue Hancock, Tom Nash, Wanda Dunaway, Xandy Whitesel, Zachary Timm, Justin Kanner, Kate Granger, Phil Gold, Laura Carroll, Chris King, David Serra, Christy Carr, Jason Boucher, Jessica Gleason, Joe Tyler, Kate Kaufmann, Larry Edwards, Liz Throop, Shelagh Johnson, Vonna Gissler, Helen Joynes, Julie Messenger, Kamalamani, Mark Parsons, Paul Parsons, Ruth Downie, Barto L'Angelo, Brandie Maxwell, Cass Ghiorse, Elizabeth Kay Takeda, Erin OBrien, Tajima, Heather Taylor, J Schulman, Joanna Robinson, Julie Bridgham, Maggie, Marc B., Oblonsky, Renee Shulman, Shannon, Shawn Killebrew, Susan and Zeke, Whitney Smith, Alison Lavenant, Carmen Liz Burke, Elena SanGabino, Sarah Mesinger, Tom Dao, Colin Anderson, Mel Klapp, Colleen Burtmark Williams, Matthew Muro, and Louise Abrams.

 
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