VOLUME 7, PART 3:
A rePROFilm Calendar Refresh
Blame it on the hormones – we’re shifting our schedule a bit!
Beginning Sept. 1, rePROFilm will release a new short film + related content on the first of the month rather than the 15th. We’ll continue to send an update, which will hit your inboxes mid-month.
We are feeling rejuvenated by the Kansas abortion referendum that took place Aug. 2. In spectacular fashion, anti-abortion activists lost the fight to remove the constitutional right to abortion from the state’s constitution. Though the result was expected to be close, the pro-choice side won by 18 percentage points. Kansas saw an enormous uptick in voter registration, and 70% of new registered votes in July were women.
Hundreds if not thousands of people inside and outside of Kansas knocked on doors, wrote postcards to voters, organized marches, and donated money to the “vote no” effort. We thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts.
A favorable outcome after so much collective action is one kind of pleasure, which will be the theme of our September issue. We’re feeling so good that we’re wondering why we don’t talk more about how genuinely pleasurable it can be to work towards justice.
Does civic engagement make you feel good? How could you find more pleasure in your own individual efforts to change your community for better? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
dir. Tia Salisbury (12m)
In many ways, “Placenta Pâté” embodies everything rePRO is about: it’s very much a story connected to reproductive health, it tells the truth about new parenthood, and the whole thing is brought to life by a badass female filmmaker and the incredible team she assembled.
If you haven’t watched it yet, our screening is extended to Aug. 31.
Plus, join Asha Dahya on the rePROFilm Pod as she speaks with Tia about all things placenta, motherhood, filmmaking, and how to make a prosthetic placenta…bloody hell!
Listen: The Pleasure Playlist
Whether you’re soaking up the last bits of summer, or enjoying some peace and quiet as your kids head back to school, get in the mood for our upcoming pleasure-themed periodical by queueing up the rePROFilm Pleasure playlist on Spotify – curated by our team and spanning the decades!
400 Female writers & showrunners call on major studios to take action to protect workers in anti-abortion states
Late last month, writers and showrunners including Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes, Amy Schumer, Issa Rae and Mindy Kaling sent a letter to the heads of major studios expressing their concerns about the increasingly limited access to abortion in many states and asking studios to take specific actions to protect their employees. Since then, hundreds more men in the industry co-signed the letter and the studios issued a lukewarm response. We’ll be watching as this story develops.
With profound vote on reproductive rights, RePROFilm tells stories that connect and shake us
“There are huge numbers of people here with convictions about a woman’s right to choose,” Meadow Connor said. “And there’s something energizing about doing creative work in a place where folks don’t just take that for granted. It’s inspiring to see the outcry for support.” Thanks to Whitni Carlson for this terrific story about rePROFilm!
Introducing the rePROFilm archive
As you await our next short, you can spend some time perusing our rePROFilm archive, featuring a sortable compilation of all of the 50+ films we have shared with you since 2020. Plus, when available, we’ve added direct links to films that are available to stream online now. Happy watching!
“Birth, but we dropped the B for bias.” Founded by Kimberly Seals Allers, Irth’s mission is to “bring equity to pregnancy and childbirth for every Black and brown mama and baby.” Check out the website for a free e-book guide to pregnancy for Black people, and download the Irth app to find prenatal, birthing, postpartum and pediatric reviews of care from other Black and brown parents.
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) works to secure the human and civil rights, health and welfare of all people, focusing particularly on pregnant and parenting women, and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment — low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. In 2021, we chatted with NAPW’s Lynn M. Paltrow as part of a call-to-action convo around the documentary “Bei Bei.”
Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance
Maternal Mental Health Leadership Alliance (MMHLA) is dedicated to promoting the mental health of mothers and childbearing people in the United States with a focus on national policy and health equity. MMHLA advocates for improved maternal mental health care and serves as a clearinghouse of information related to maternal mental health.