Therese Shechter

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Film Projects


Therese Shechter is an award-winning filmmaker, public speaker, and the founder of the production company Trixie Films. Her work fuses humor, activism, and personal storytelling to examine and confront society's most sacred ideas about womanhood.

Therese’s most recent film is My So-Called Selfish Life, a revolutionary feature-length documentary about reproductive freedom and one of our greatest social taboos: choosing not to become a mother. The film is screening on European, Canadian, and Asian television, and at colleges, conferences, and non-profits. It was produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, and close to 800 individual donors.

Therese began her two-decades-long film career at Robert DeNiro’s production company Tribeca Productions. Since then, her work has been screened and streamed globally on TV and home video; at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Kinsey Insitute; and at film festivals from Rio de Janeiro to Istanbul to Seoul. Her work is in the collections of hundreds of universities, non-profits, and libraries, and has been featured in The Guardian, New York Magazine, Vice, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, Elle, The Atlantic, Macleans, Q, and Ms Magazine, among others.

Previous documentaries include I Was A Teenage Feminist which asks what it means to be a feminist in the 21st Century; and How To Lose Your Virginity, which investigates the myths and misogyny around our so-called ‘precious gift.'

Trixie Films is an fully-independent female-led production company that divides its time between Toronto and Brooklyn.