Coming to VOD tomorrow, Saturday, November 4:
ONE MORE SHOT
The ART of Infertility (Seattle, April 2017)
The filmmakers confront infertility as they attempt to become parents.
As revealed via director Noah Moskin’s chatty narration, his wife Maya (also the film’s producer) and he face unexpected trouble when they try to have a baby. Eventually the couple seeks medical assistance only to find that Maya has a diminished reserve of ovaries and thus a lower than average chance of getting pregnant by natural means. Facing this infertility issue, they set off on a long process of trying to get pregnant in various ways with the help of fertility specialists, including harvesting her remaining eggs and inseminating them in the lab for later implementation, soliciting an egg donation from Maya’s sister, and, finally, embryo adoption – essentially giving birth to one’s own adopted child. Through the long, difficult process, Maya and Noah face financial hurdles as well as emotional ones. Underscoring the challenges faced by others struggling with the same issue, Moskin also profiles several other families and reveals the different paths they took toward becoming parents. While the filmmaking is at times fairly rough, with a tendency toward using montages and goofy music, the viewer can’t help but empathize with Maya and Noah, given the intimate access they’re providing to what is too often a very personal ordeal.