Why do women often feel under uncomfortable pressure to have children? Filmmaker Maxine Trump turns the camera on herself as she confronts the idea of not having kids. To Kid or Not to Kid explores 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, 25, struggles to get medical permission to undergo elective sterilization before the age of 30, but doctors are unwilling to grant her the procedure. Victoria lives with the backlash of publicly acknowledging that she made a mistake when she had a child.

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As Maxine tells her close circle of family and friends about her decision to live childfree, will they understand? Will her husband accept it? Or will it confirm her greatest fear: that she will be ostracized, or made to feel selfish or odd?

Credits (Click to expand)

Directed, Written & Filmed by

MAXINE TRUMP

 

Cast 

MANDY BAYTON

TIM BELCHER 

MORGANE BRASSEAUX 

AMY BLACKSTONE

AMY BUTTERWORTH

DAWN BOWKER 

BEN BURDOCK 

CHARLOTTE BURDOCK 

MONTY BURDOCK

DAISY BUTTERWORTH

MILES BUTTERWORTH

BRYAN CAPLAN 

LAURA CARROLL

KELLY D'AURIA 

TOM D'AURIA

MATHILDE DRATWA

MARCIA DRUT-DAVIS 

WANDA DUNAWAY 

VICTORIA ELDER

LUANA FERREIRA   

ALEX GIMENO

MARISSA GIMENO

ZENDA GIMENO

JOSH GRANGER

SUE HANCOCK

ABIGAIL HARVEY

JESSICA HARVEY

TABITHA HARVEY

CIERRA HATCHER

DARCEY HOWARD 

KENT A HOWARD 

DINA IBARRA

ZHANG JINGJING

JANE KAVERS 

JUNIPER MELINCOFF

LESLEY MELINCOFF 

CASEY J PEDRICK 

DOUGLAS STEIN 

ELLEN TIMMER

EMMETT TIMMER

GRAHAM TIMMER

HENRY TIMMER

JASPER TIMMER

MIRA TIMMER

MAXINE TRUMP

MEGAN TURNER

ANDY WILLIAMS 

LEON WOJCIECHOWSKI

KAREN MALONE WRIGHT

DUTHC YARDLEY

CYNTHIS YARDLEY

 

Additional casting

SORCHA HERON 

Producer

MAXINE TRUMP

Co-Producer

JOSH GRANGER 

Production Coordinator

MARIE VANDERRUSTEN

Associate Producers

JESSICA ATLAS

JAMES GRANGER 

CAROLYN GRANGER

ABIGAIL HOWKINS 

LEE KONEN 

LEONARD PIHLAK

JONATHAN ROSCOE

CHRISTINE SEMPOUX

CINDY TAYLOR

PAUL VANDERRUSTEN

Additional Photography

CAROLINA GONZALEZ

WYNONA  BARBERA 

REBECCA ISRAEL 

MIKE WENDT 

MICHEAL JACKSON 

BEN DONNOLLEN 

CHRISTOPHER RISH 

LUKE BAKER

ADAM GARBER

ANICE GI

MARIE VANDERRUSTEN

JOSH GRANGER

BRIAN BAADE 

Editor

MAXINE TRUMP

 

Additional Editing

JOSH GRANGER

 

Sound

JOSH GRANGER

MARIE VANDERRUSTEN

CATALINA DENING

CAROLINA GONZALEZ

Graphics

JAMES CROTHERS

Post Production Audio

CLEAN CUTS MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN

Supervising Sound Editor

ARCHIE MOORE

Sound Design & Foley 

ARCHIE MOORE

JARED BARTLETT

Opening Music

JEROME BEGIN

Music

APM MUSIC LIBRARY

DJJG

Post Production Audio Coordinator

TETIANA KOZHURA

Color Correction

PEDRO VIVAS HERNANDEZ

EVAN ANTHONY

Social Media Consultant

ALISON GREEN

 

Interns

ALEXANDRA PHIPPS

LAUREN MERKLEY

EMILY SCHOENFELD

SERENA SMITH

ADRAIN KORIN

Fernanda Vasconcellos

 

Junior Interns

ROSHNI SAMI

Special Thanks

SARAH BARNETT

AMY BLACKSTONE

DOMNHALL BYRNES

LAURA CARROLL

JENNIFER CHAZEN

MARCIA DRUT-DAVIS

DAWNMARIE ELLEN SIMPSON

ERIN ESSENMACHER

JAMES FURR

KATE GRANGER

PHIL GOLD

JACK HEYRMAN

LYNN HUGHES

LAURIE ITKIN

JUSTIN KANNER

ALISON LAVENANT

JEAN LAVENANT

DOROTTYA MATHE

REX WEAVER

CYNTHIA YARDLEY

Thanks To

ALL OF MY FAMILY WHO GENEROUSLY TOOK PART IN THE FILM

ALL OF OUR AMAZING KICKSTARTER SUPPORTERS

CEREBRAL LOUNGE

CLEAN CUTS

FILMSHOP

NY BABY SHOW 

NYFA