THE CHOICE IS AN OFFICIAL SELECTION OF THE 2019 Berlin Flash Film Festival!
When Trump was elected in 2016, my first act of resistance was to write this flash fiction story called “First Response .” Now I have made the fiction tale into a 6-minute, short film called "The Choice." The story is an emotional recounting of the many reasons why women have abortions, humanizing the choice that faces millions of women each year.
Once you see "The Choice," you'll never feel the same way about abortion again.
Now that the film is made, we have to get it out! YOUR DONATION WILL HELP US MARKET "THE CHOICE," and build collaborations with others who stand for women's reproductive health care.
Here's how you can help!
1. Donate any amount that you can. PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY DONATIONS AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2018 cannot be acknowledged in the film.
2. If you would like to host a special event around the film, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!
3. Organize a Get Out The Vote event and show the film to remind voters what's at stake when they go to the polls!
Who is Desiree Cooper?
Desiree Cooper is a former attorney, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, award-winning fiction writer and an engaging public speaker who advocates for women, children and reproductive freedom. Cooper served as communications director for Planned Parenthood of Michigan from 2010-2016, where she won the 2013 Headliner Award from the Detroit Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, and the 2014 Harriet Tubman Community Service Award from the Detroit National Organization for Women. In 1998, she won a prestigious Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for her coverage of the 25th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
A 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Cooper debuted her collection of flash fiction, Know the Mother in 2016. The collection has won numerous awards for short story and cover design, including a 2016 Michigan Notable Book and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2018, Callaloo, Hypertext Review, Best African American Fiction 2010 and This is the Place, among other online and print publications. Cooper was a founding board member of Cave Canem, a national residency for emerging black poets. She is currently a Kimbilio Fellow, a national residency for African American fiction writers.
She currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia where she is also caregiving for her elderly parents.
Who is Oren Goldenberg?
Oren Goldenberg is a video artist and producer based in Detroit. His work, which ranges from creating social documentaries, interactive videos and celebratory processions; to exploring the dismantlement of the public sector, subverting the assumed and creating catharsis. Goldenberg is a 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow in the Visual Arts, Best Filmmaker (Real Detroit 2011), and Best Michigan Filmmaker (AAFF 2006). He is also the owner of Cass Corridor Films, a full-service production company.
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