After winning the U.S. Documentary Social Impact Filmmaking Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival last week, Dawn Porter’s “Trapped” has set up a theatrical release thanks to a collaborative distribution deal. Trilogy Films, Big Mouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and Chicken & Egg Pictures are partnering with Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens to distribute the documentary beginning in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on March 4.
“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. The nationwide release of the film will come just as the U.S. Supreme Court takes on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the landmark case that will determine the constitutionality of “TRAP” (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws.
“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,” said Porter in an official statement. “The need for safe spaces, both medically and emotionally, is paramount for women to have access to health care.”
“Three companies, ostensibly with different agendas, are instead working in concert to make this film accessible to as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” added Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama. “Such is the power of cooperation when the stakes are this high. We hope our elected officials will see that such a thing is possible.”
PBS’ “Independent Lens” will broadcast the film in June.