TRAPPED directed by Dawn Porter
The Bushwick Film Festival is a female-founded organization that loves to highlight the contributions that women filmmakers make in an industry lacking in gender diversity. This screening is part of INDUSTRY BROADS—a full-day of films and discussions on Saturday, October 1st from 12pm – 10pm at House of Yes highlighting women’s stories and featuring leading women in the industry.
Trapped I directed by Dawn Porter I RT 1 hour 21 min I DOC I USA
*Short Panel Discussion following the screening
U.S. abortion clinics are fighting to survive. Since 2010, hundreds of laws regulating abortion clinics have been passed by conservative state legislatures, particularly in the south. These restrictions, known as TRAP laws (or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) are spreading across America.
Faced with increased costs of compliance and the alarming fear of violence from protestors, the stakes for the women and men on the frontlines couldn’t be any higher. TRAPPED follows the clinic workers and lawyers — including those who will be taking their case to the Supreme Court in March — who are fighting to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women, many of whom are poor and uninsured.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose 2013 documentary, Gideon’s Army, won the Sundance Film Festival Editing Award, the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. The film broadcast on HBO in July 2013 and has been used to engage local communities about indigent defense, the U.S. justice system and socioeconomic influences on crime.
Dawn’s other films include Spies of Mississippi (2014, PBS) and Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, a documentary film chronicling President Obama’s program to help young men and boys of color succeed. Dawn interviewed President Obama for the film, which aired nationally on The Discovery Channel and The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2015.
Dawn is a Keppler Speaker. She has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and is a returning guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show.
Prior to her work as a filmmaker, Dawn was director of standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standard and practices at A&E Television Networks. She graduated from Swarthmore College and Georgetown Law Center and practiced law at the firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years.