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‘HAVEABABY’ Documents the Fertility Treatment Contest That Became a Social Media Experiment

'HAVEABABY' Documents the Fertility Treatment Contest That Became a Social Media Experiment

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Logline: Some think an in vitro fertilization contest sounds crazy, but countless Americans desperate to start a family believe this social media experiment is their only hope.

Elevator Pitch: 
“HAVEABABY” follows a controversial video contest sponsored by a successful in vitro fertilization clinic in Las Vegas. For millions of Americans, IVF may be their last resort to start a family, but for those without thousands of dollars to gamble on the unpredictable procedure, this social media sweepstakes — hosted on www.haveababy.com — may be their only hope. With intimate access to diverse characters on an excruciating roller coaster, the film repositions reproductive choice and explores how we cope with desire and loss. 

Production Team:
Amanda Micheli – Director / Producer / DP
“La Corona” – (Oscar-Nominated, HBO, Director/Producer/DP)
“Double Dare” – (PBS, Director/DP)
“One Nation Under Dog” – (HBO, Director/Producer/DP)
“The Save” – (ESPN, Director/Producer/DP)
“Just for the Ride” – (PBS, Director/Producer/DP)
“Thin” – (HBO, Producer/DP)
“Cat Dancers” – (HBO, Producer/DP)
“My Flesh and Blood” – (HBO, DP)
“SloMo” – (Short, Producer)

Serin Marshall – Producer
“Bobby Fischer Against the World” – (HBO, Associate Producer)
“There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane” – (HBO, Associate Producer)
“Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech” – (HBO, Production Coordinator)

Greg O’Toole – Editor
“An Honest Liar” – (PBS)
“After Tiller” – (PBS)
“Better This World” – (PBS)
“The Two Escobars” – (ESPN) 

About the Film:
Despite affecting almost 10 million people in the U.S., infertility is rarely discussed; it’s a topic that is often swept under the rug and clouded by judgment and stereotypes. My connection to this material is intensely personal and timely: over the last two years, my husband and I struggled with our own infertility after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I was shocked by my ignorance about my own fertility and bowled over by the cost of IVF treatment. This is a verité film with both gravity and a sense of irony about the commercialization of such a personal procedure.

Current Status: We are currently in post, have a strong rough cut, and if Kickstarter goes well, will premiere in the Spring of 2016!

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Project of the Year: Blackmagic Design will award Indiewire’s Project of the Year winner (announced in January) with one (1) Blackmagic URSA Mini 4k, the world’s first high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. 

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