Dawn Porter’s documentary ‘Trapped,’ was the winner of the Special Jury Award at Sundance for Social Impact Filmmaking, and recently landed a distribution deal with Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens.
‘Trapped’ follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by southern conservative state legislatures attempting to regulate abortion out of existence. Some laws require abortion providers to make costly, unnecessary upgrades to transform their facilities into mini-hospitals, and other laws force doctors to obtain hospital admitting privileges, which many can’t do. Unable to comply with these unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts to keep their doors open. The U.S. Supreme Court will decide later this year whether individual states can basically outlaw abortion.
“When I first heard what was happening in some of the Southern states and the challenges forced upon these clinicians, I knew I had to tell their stories. The need for safe spaces, both medically and emotionally, is paramount for women to have access to health care.” – Dawn Porter, Filmmaker
The three distributors will handle different venues in terms of releasing this film: Ro*Co Films, in conjunction with Film Sprout, will handle educational and community screenings, and Abramorama will handle the limited theatrical distribution for the film.
“Trapped” will premiere in New York at the Athena Film Festival Thursday, February 18, and will open March 4 in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., with additional markets added during the spring. PBS’s “Independent Lens” will then air the film in June to be released with the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision.
For more information visit the website at www.trappeddocumentary.com and the official trailer released by the filmmaker is below.