To Kid Or Not To Kid - CREATIVE TEAM


“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.


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.


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.

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