Join Film Fatales, rePRO Film and Women Make Movies for a discussion about Reproductive Justice on Film with Dawn Porter (Trapped), Cynthia Lowen (Battleground), Tracy Droz Tragos (Abortion: Stories Women Tell) and Angela Tucker (Belly of the Beast).
With so many fundamental human rights currently under attack in this country, we’re gathering to listen, to learn and to take action. Join us for a conversation with documentary filmmakers who have been on the front lines of Reproductive Justice in the United States. We will hear what they’ve seen, what they’ve learned, how they feel about the current situation and what they, and we, as artists, can do now. And why we must continue to tell these stories. We look forward to holding space with you all to collectively work toward a more free and equitable society.
This public webinar will be accessible with live captioning. The registration link will be shared the day of the event and a video replay link will be available for 48 hours after. See you soon!
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 issues of indigent defense 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’s latest project, Trapped, explores the impact of laws that regulate abortion clinics in the South. The film coincides with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 decision to rule on a constitutional challenge to Texas’ HB 2 law, which places unprecedented restrictions on abortion providers in the state. Trapped premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. During the festival Mashable named Dawn to its list of “10 Female Directors to Watch in 2016,” which also included Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie and Niki Caro. Dawn is a Keppler Speaker. She has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and was a returning guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show.
Cynthia Lowen is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and award-winning writer whose work uses the power of story to catalyze meaningful change, confronting timely social issues from bullying to online harassment to reproductive rights. Most recently, she is the director and producer of Battleground, an urgently timely window into the intersection of abortion and politics in America, premiering at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also the director/producer of Netizens (HBO), a feature documentary about women and online harassment. “Bristling with rightful fury,” says Teen Vogue of the film, ‘Netizens’ follows three women as they confront digital abuse and strive for justice online. Cynthia is also the producer and writer of Bully a feature documentary following five kids and families through a ‘year in the life’ of America’s bullying crisis. Bully was nominated for two Emmys, shortlisted for the Oscars, screened at The White House and received a DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism. Cynthia has held residencies at MacDowell, the Banff Center, Yaddo, Hedgebook, the Berlinale Talent Campus, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown among others, and received the Hedgebrook Women Authoring Change Fellowship from William Morris Entertainment. She has been a member of the Producers Guild of America since 2014.
Tracy Droz Tragos is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose credits include the Emmy-nominated HBO film Abortion: Stories Women Tell, about personal stories of unplanned pregnancies, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and Rich Hill, about at-risk teenagers living in her father’s hometown in rural Missouri, which won the Grand Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. In 2018, Tragos completed The Smartest Kids in the World, based on the best-selling book by Amanda Ripley, which premiered at DOC NYC. Tragos’ first film, Be Good, Smile Pretty, won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2004 and was lauded for its honest exploration of the profound and complicated feelings of loss caused by the deaths of American men in the Vietnam War, some 35 years later.
Angela Tucker is a director, Peabody and Emmy nominated producer and writer who makes narrative and documentary films; her most recent directorial projects include “The Trees Remember“, a fiction series in collaboration with REI Co-Op Studios and “I can’t change 400 years in four” (co-directed with Kristi Jacobson), a short documentary currently streaming on Mother Jones and PBS’ Independent Lens. Past work includes “All Skinfolk, Ain’t Kinfolk”, a documentary short which aired on PBS’ Reel South; All Styles, a dance narrative feature available on Showtime. “Black Folk Don’t”, a documentary web series featured in Time Magazine’s “10 Ideas That Are Changing Your Life”, and “(A)sexual”, a feature length documentary about people who experience no sexual attraction that streamed on Netflix and Hulu. She was a producer of “Belly of the Beast” (dir. Erika Cohn) which broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens and was a NY Times Critics’ Pick. She is a former Sundance Institute Women’s Fellow, a recipient of Firelight Media’s inaugural William Greaves Fund and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Most recently she made the Blacklist’s Inaugural Indigenous List with “Tinder on the Rez” along with her co-writer and friend Brooke Pepion Swaney. As founder of TuckerGurl Inc, a boutique production company in New Orleans, Angela is passionate about stories that highlight underrepresented communities in unconventional ways. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University and BA from Wesleyan University. She is represented by Corrine Aquino and Haley Jones at Artists First. She is available for public speaking engagements and consultation projects.