Therese Shechter fuses humor-spiked, personal narrative with grassroots activism to make award- winning work in a variety of media, most recently as the writer and director of the documentary HOW TO LOSE YOUR VIRGINITY (2013). She is the editor of the film’s blog and her interactive online project THE V-CARD DIARIES was shown at the Kinsey Institute’s 8th Annual Juried Art Show.
Shechter was a panelist at Harvard University’s RETHINKING VIRGINITY CONFERENCE, and she has presented on virginity and sexuality for diverse live audiences ranging from the Galapagos Art space to New York University to the Catalyst Conference in Los Angeles.
Shechter’s first feature documentary, I WAS A TEENAGE FEMINIST (2005), has screened from Stockholm to Delhi to Rio to Seoul, and Shechter was honored to be a featured panelist at Serbia’s first-ever Women’s Film Festival in Belgrade. The film won Best Film at the New York Jewish Women’s Film Festival and was given a Special Mention at the Karachi Film Festival in Pakistan. Her short documentary HOW I LEARNED TO SPEAK TURKISH (2006) screened in Germany and Turkey, at the Broad Comedy Festival in Los Angeles, and won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Atlanta Film Festival.
Her work has been covered by The Huffington Post, Forbes, Ms. Magazine, Bitch, Filmmaker Magazine, The Guardian and the Jakarta Globe, among others, and her own writing has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Women & Hollywood and the Bitch Magazine blog,
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Shechter was Graphics and Design Editor at the Chicago Tribune, where she oversaw a staff of 17 graphic artists and designers, and provided visual direction for two Pulitzer-Prize-winning projects. She brings a journalist’s critical thinking, an artist’s eye and an activist’s passion to all her work. (7/13)
How to Lose Your Virginity
A film by Therese Shechter, 2013, 66 min., Color
Female virginity. The US government has spent 1.5 billion dollars promoting it. It has fetched $750,000 at auction. There is no official medical defin...
I Was a Teenage Feminist
A film by Therese Shechter, 2005, 62 min., Color
Why is it that some young, independent, progressive women in today's society feel uncomfortable identifying with the F-word? Join filmmaker Therese Sh...