I always talk about making a film, especially a documentary film, and especially especially a personal, intimate documentary film as being an out of body experience. I mean really – films take on a whole life of their own and they evolve and force the filmmaker to grow.
Well. Growing I have been doing. Let me tell you.
I love fertility charting. I look forward to seeing that little number on my chart, I feel accomplished when, yet again, I’ve predicted my period down the very morning of. But also – I’m an anomaly. Not all women find charting nearly as fun, in fact – they find it a burden. And I get that.
But that’s not what my film is about. My film is about the fact that women aren’t educated about their own bodies because we “aren’t to be trusted”. Which is woefully reminiscent of pre-feminism days. My film is about the conflict between a world where female health is enveloped with the word “choice” – but my choice to not use hormonal contraception and go with a natural method is not just unsupported, but insulted. In 2014, I’m still boxed into the stereotype that I can’t be responsible and level headed. Girls just wanna have fun, right?
But many, many women prefer not to worry about their fertility. Many women, and rightly so, prefer to take an easier route. And they should have the freedom to do so.
See this conflict? That’s what my movie is about. When I originally envisioned my film, I wanted women everywhere to flock to charting instructors. That’s not going to happen. Maybe a few do, but my film is about exploring women and giving voices to their experiences. So my film isn’t some propaganda trying to promote an NFP agenda, but it’s not going to put the pill on some throne either. I’m going to address the pros and cons of all the sides. And ultimately, it’s just an honest account of a girl who found her passion in fertility after ditching the pill and wants to explore why women don’t know more about their own bodies.
So you want to see the trailer? Check out my kickstarter, and if you’re feeling generous, please do donate. If we don’t reach our goal, we get none of the money! This is a great opportunity to be involved in grassroots movements to spread fertility awareness. And my crew won’t let you down. 🙂