For Immediate Release March 13, 2019
Krista Gervon, Producer:
INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY EXAMINING PREGNANCY LOSS AND INFERTILITY TO BE SCREENED AT THE PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY ON MARCH 16, 2019.
(Princeton, NJ, March 13, 2019) Don’t Talk About the Baby, an independent, first of its kind documentary which examines the cultural roots and stigmas associated with pregnancy loss and infertility, is hosting a screening and panel discussion at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, New Jersey on March 16th, 2019 at 4pm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A Panel Discussion with the one of the filmmakers, Krista Gervon, Sheri Hovdestad, MA, LPC, reproductive mental health therapist at SBH Counseling Services, and Jodi LaBow, Chair of the Pregnancy Loss Support Program (PLSP) Board of Advisors. The Q&A panel discussion is of particular importance because the hope is that this film can be a conduit to the healing process and a catalyst for change in the way society reacts to hearing about pregnancy loss and infertility, which can only be done through open dialogue and difficult conversations. Admission is free and seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.
The concept of the film was conceived from the filmmakers’ own personal experiences with loss and discovering that although it was a common experience, since no one talked openly about it, a culture of shame and silence has been able to flourish. Krista Gervon, co-producer of the film describes why she felt compelled to be part of this project, "After experiencing loss, there is an overwhelming sense of isolation and shame. We wanted to create a film that shows people how common these experiences are, encourage conversations, and validate their grief. We also hope that it can be used as a tool for those in the healthcare field to improve patient care.”
As a reproductive mental health professional, Sheri Hovdestad is passionate about helping to break the stigmas around pregnancy loss and infertility and believes this film can contribute to that mission, “Don’t Talk About the Baby” is key in helping to shatter the stigma and secrecy surrounding miscarriage, stillbirth and infertility that exists in our society. My goal is to see women, and men, feel empowered to share their stories and grieve in whatever way feels right for them. And for loved ones to focus less on worrying about ‘saying the right thing’ and focus more on just being there, in whatever way is needed.”
After a successful crowdfunding endeavor, the small filmmaking team embarked upon a journey across the country to capture the perspectives of families, researchers, counselors, physicians, nurses, and many others to weave together a tapestry of stories, history, and scientific research findings to present a comprehensive illustration of the subject matter. Ann Zamudio, director and co-producer of the film, recounts the process and what she has learned, "Making this film has been a multi-year labor of love from many creative forces on our team. It's been a lesson in micro-budget indie filmmaking and we've become experts in getting things done on the bare minimum resources. We've been honored by so many people sharing their stories with the film so bravely and vulnerably. We hope the film does justice to their journeys."
The filmmakers believe that the more people share their stories, the faster the stigma will be shattered. The film was released on October 15th, 2018, on International Pregnancy Loss Awareness Day, and is available to stream through Amazon Prime Video and Vimeo On Demand. Academic Licenses, DVD, Blu-Ray, and USB copies are also available for purchase on the film’s website. More details about the screening can be found on the Princeton Public Library’s event page.
For more information about Don’t Talk About the Baby, please visit www.donttalkaboutthebaby.com
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