Presented By:Marilyn Ness
The fight over a woman’s right to choose has been waged over centuries and in every part of the globe. Trapped, Dawn Porter’s important new documentary that premiered at Sundance this year, chronicles a new twist in restricting those rights that is taking place in state legislatures.
Under the guise of protecting the health of women, anti-abortion forces are dramatically increasing the regulatory burden on abortion clinics. Identified as TRAP laws (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) by abortion-rights defenders, the regulations have already accomplishing their goal of shutting down some clinics. For women in many communities this effectively eliminates the option of abortion.
As she did in her remarkable film about legal aid, Gideon’s Army (2013), Porter focuses on the men and women on the ground—those who want the services of these clinics, those who are trying to provide them, and those who are fighting the regulations legally and politically. As we get to know real individuals in the midst of this struggle, an abstract discussion takes on human form. A clear light is shone on the full consequences of these laws, despite their stated intentions. (Jed Dietz)
Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy, DuPont, and Peabody Award-winning documentary producer. Most recently, she produced Katy Chevigny and Ross Kauffman's feature documentary E-TEAM that premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix Originals. Marilyn also produced Johanna Hamilton's feature documentary 1971, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2014 and broadcast on Independent Lens in 2015. Marilyn also directed and produced the documentary feature film Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale that broadcast nationally on PBS in 2011 and was the centerpiece of a campaign to reform blood donation policies in the U.S. Prior to that, Ness spent four years as a producer for director Ric Burns, collaborating on four award-winning PBS films: Ansel Adams; The Center of the World; Andy Warhol; and Eugene O'Neill. She is also the producer and host of MDFF 2016's Cameraperson.