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Maybe Baby
November 14th, 2009

Please join us for the Houston premiere of Maybe Baby, a documentary that examines the emotional and physiological journeys of four unmarried women in their '30s and '40s who put motherhood ahead of finding "Mr. Right." Filmmaker Shannon O'Rourke will be in attendance.

Maybe Baby - 60 minutes

Director: Shannon O'Rourke
Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2009
Location: Houston Community College/Spring Branch Campus- Performing Arts Center Theatre
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N. Houston, TX 77043
(northeast corner of I 10/Beltway 8 cloverleaf)
Tickets: $10.00 online or $10.00 cash/check at the door
HCC students with ID, $5.00
Ticket price includes free refreshments: soft drinks, water, and popcorn
O'Rourke Reception: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Screening Time: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
O'Rourke Q&A: 9:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Door Prize: A signed DVD of the film

Synopsis:
Maybe Baby a documentary that takes a new look at the emotional and physiological journeys of women in their '30s and '40s as they pursue pregnancy through the world of Assisted Reproductive Technology, a multi-billion dollar industry on the cutting edge of medicine and science. Against a backdrop of ticking biological clocks, Maybe Baby illuminates basic human questions of life, love, fertility and the meaning of motherhood today.

About the Director:
Since graduating from UC-Berkeley with High Honors, Shannon has worked in non-fiction television for the past 15 years as a writer-producer-director for networks including CBS, A&E, Discovery, TLC, Lifetime, and Court-TV. Her documentary debut, In the Name of Love, about Russian mail-order brides, won best documentary awards at several festivals before being acquired by the Discovery Times Channel and international broadcasters. It was edited by Yana Gorskaya (Spellbound,) and Executive Produced by Sydney Pollack. She is working on a third film, 7 Minutes, about sex workers in California.

Awards:
Grand Festival Award in Documentary, Berkeley Video & Film Festival
Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival 2007

Review:
"Shannon O'Rourke's Maybe Baby is extremely engaging, intimate and ultimately highly educational. O'Rourke invites us to experience first-hand the very real issues and dilemmas of single women trying to conceive, and the effect is powerful, going beyond emotionally satisfying portraiture to deliver sharp insight regarding contemporary American values and notions of family. Maybe Baby also demonstrates the power of immersive documentary filmmaking, as O'Rourke was clearly closely involved in the lives portrayed on screen, relationships which viewers, students, and advocates for these issues will benefit."

Annie J. Howell,
Asst Professor. Media Studies and Film The New School

For More Information: http://www.newday.com/films/MaybeBaby.html
To View a Trailer: http://www.shannonorourke.com/pages/maybe_baby

Sponsored by: HCC Spring Branch, Absolutely Magazines

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