Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Fertility Authority Talks Chill

Chill is a touching documentary about a single woman fighting to preserve her fertility and dreams of motherhood through egg freezing in her mid-thirties. Jennifer Frappier documented her feelings, thoughts, and experiences in the weeks leading up to her egg retrieval while also directing and producing the film.

"I made the decision to freeze my eggs to possibly extend my fertility," said Frappier.

During my egg freezing research I read a lot of stories with asterisks next to the woman’s name and there was never a photo. It was frustrating to me that women felt like they had to hide their identity. I wanted to document my experience to attach a face, a person, that people could identify with, to the egg freezing process.”

The film documents everything from her daily injections, monitoring ultrasounds, and other incidents, including a setback that threatened her success. Jennifer refers to the threat that caused her to have to stop the cycle and start again, as the “Monster Follicle”.

“That surprised me during the egg freezing process…It was disheartening,” Frappier revealed.

She also shared that one of the most difficult things about the process was figuring out how to explain her decision and the process to the people close to her, in particular, her parents, and grandparents.

Frappier said that one of the best parts of the process was when she woke up from the retrieval procedure, the embryologist handed her a photo of her eggs. She keeps the picture in a frame on her dresser.

Her best advice to women who are not sure if they want to freeze their eggs: research. Frappier suggests talking with women who have done it, those who decided not to or others who are considering it. She encourages women to connect with her during or after their egg freezing journey.

It’s been a long road but Frappier said it’s been worth it and she feels relieved and proud. She said the premiere of her film was emotional. “When it started rolling, I had a panic moment and whispered to a friend sitting next to me, I change my mind! As it played and I heard people's reactions: laughter, oohs and aah and a few sniffles; it was incredible. At then the end of the film, everyone started clapping.”

Frappier said she is celebrating the completion and release of her film and plans to submit it to festivals. She was recently notified that Chill is an official selection for the Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival. Her goal is to assist in creating a space where women feel supported and encouraged on their egg freezing journey. Frappier suggests that others connect with her by emailing chill.jenni@gmail.com or joining the Chill mailing list for updates.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival

I'm really psyched to share that Chill has been accepted to the Women's Only Entertainment Film Festival.  Currently, the event is only viewed by judges.  The winners will be announced this month.  Thanks for supporting women in film and congrats to all the filmmakers!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My Favorite Necklace

Like any other day, when I got home from vacation, I took off my favorite necklace and put it away.  Yesterday, I took it out to wear and it was a tangle-ly mess.   I mean, knots and everything so I tried to untangle it.  Five minutes went by.  Ten minutes went by.

Getting frustrated I started talking to myself, “I don’t remember it being like this when I put it away. I would NEVER put it away like this…Ugh…For crying out loud, I just wanna wear  my favorite necklace! Is that too much to ask? Sheesh!”

Now, the necklace was in worse shape than when I started.  Pissed, I put it away and began my day without it. (Boo!)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

World Premiere at the Mixed Remixed Festival

After four years of blood, sweat and tears Chill is finished! I can't believe it. I'm super excited to share it with you!

The World Premiere will take place on Saturday, June 11th during the Mixed Remixed Festival at the Japanese American National Museum.  The screening will begin at 1:00 pm and will be followed by a Q&A session.

It's been a long ride, but I'm so grateful for your support and encouragement during this journey.  I look forward to seeing you on June 11th at the Mixed Remixed Festival for the World Premiere of Chill!  Yay!!

Click here to reserve your seat and register for the Festival!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Eggsurance: Women Like You Follow-Up Interview

When I first started this project, I did an interview with Eggsurance about my egg freezing experience and the filming of Chill.  It's almost 4 years later, Chill is super close to being done and Brigitte has relaunched Eggsurance with an updated look and new content.  We took some time to do a follow-up interview. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chill Has a Movie Poster!

We're so close to finishing the film!  In the meantime, here's a peak of Chill's movie poster. A big thank you to Vincent at Clean and Simple Studios for the design! He was professional, passionate and super easy to work with!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Eggsperience Interview

To be honest, life has kinda been kicking my ass the last couple months.  There have been roller coaster ride of challenges and changes, but a lot of good things are happening too:
  • I adopted a smooth fox terrier puppy; his name is Judah.  
  • My dream of becoming a 90's "fly girl" came to fruition thanks to French Horn Rebellion's new video "Foolin' Around".
  • I had a milestone birthday. Woot!
  • Chill is super close to being finished. It will be done THIS month.  Hooray!
I've also been meaning to post my egg freezing interview with Valerie Landis from Eggsperience.  We had a great chat.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Stephaine Stark's Egg Freezing for Every Women

I was given the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Stephanie Stark's book Egg Freezing for Every Woman. If you're contemplating egg freezing, this book is a great place to start your research.  It's clear, concise and very informative. The facts are laid out in an organized and orderly fashion, which is awesome because the egg freezing process can feel overwhelming in the beginning. Who am I kidding? The process is an emotional roller coaster throughout.

Back to the book; here are a few of my favorite parts:

In chapter three, Finding the Best Clinic, Stephanie provides a list of 12 questions you can ask the doctor when "interviewing" fertility centers.  I would say about half of the answers can be found on  a clinic's website so you can have those answers before you even go to the appointment. The remaining will depend on your age and health factors, which you can discuss with the doctor directly. Of the 12 questions, I think these two are most important to remember when choosing a clinic:
  1. Has your clinic achieved live births from egg freezing from women my age?  If so, how many? 
  2. Based on my age and health, how many rounds of egg freezing do I need to go through?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year!

So many great things happened in 2015!  I was given several opportunities to get out of my comfort zone and take more risks.  It was a little terrifying at first, but it opened me up creatively and has been a fantastic experience.  I started studying improv at iOWest and was chosen for the Honor Roll show.  It was a blast!  I never thought this would happen, but I was turned into a cartoon character.  How cool is that?!  An interview about my egg freezing journey and Chill, ran on the front page of the Los Angeles Times with a photo.  In addition, Chill was named one of the top 20 films in the making by From the Heart Productions.  Last, but not least, I traveled to India where I rode and bathed an elephant, attended my first Indian wedding and visited the Taj Mahal.  It was a magical trip!  Looking forward to seeing how this amazing adventure unfolds in 2016!

A big thank you for your support and encouragement. Wishing you a fun-filled and prosperous New Year!
Photo Legend - Row 1: Honor Roll props, new head shot, updated Chill logo; Row 2: Sunday Night interview, Mixed Remixed, elephant bath; Row 3: egg photo credit F. Orr, new head shot, FOX 11 interview; Row 4: me as a cartoon, last Honor Roll show, at the Taj Mahal

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

USC Fertility Talks Egg Freezing and Chill

Here's a little write up from USC Fertility about my egg freezing experience and Chill!
"Her eggs were on the cover of the Los Angeles Times.  

You may recognize Jennifer Frappier, the lovely woman who decided to freeze her eggs when she was 36.  Dating but not betrothed, she opted for egg freezing and three years later has found her voice as a blogger and documentary filmmaker raising awareness for fertility preservation. 

After her initial research into egg freezing, Jennifer made and appointment with Dr. Kristin Bendikson with USC Fertility as a part of a fact-finding mission.  After learning more about the fertility treatment, Jennifer asked herself not 'Should I pursue egg freezing?' but 'Why wouldn't I?'

Why USC Fertility for Egg Freezing?

Jennifer says that her first impression was that USC Fertility is a family.  'Seeing the pictures of kids on the wall, having everyone treat me with kindness and respect, and even the woman who had taken my blood encouraged me and was part of my journey.'

Two weeks later, Jennifer started the egg freezing process.  That first cycle ended on the third day because of a dominant follicle that concerned Dr. Bendikson.  For Jennifer, the holiday season and her grandfather's health put plans on hold, but the next egg freezing cycle proceeded as planned. 

'It went super smooth -- no monster follicles!' she said.  'I felt this sense of euphoria; I was happy and excited.' She had the trigger shot, moved on to egg retrieval and woke up with 13 eggs, of which nine were mature. 

Nine were enough for Jennifer.  'I remember talking to my mom about having more eggs retrieved.  I asked myself:  Was there a number that would ever be enough?  That perspective helped me to feel content.'