POLICING PREGNANT WOMEN IN AMERICA
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PERSONHOOD: Policing Pregnant Women in America follows the story of Tammy Loertscher, a rural Wisconsin woman who was forcibly detained after revealing her history of depression and occasional drug use during a prenatal appointment. Her fetus was given an attorney, while the courts denied Loertscher her constitutional rights and sent her to jail.
This timely documentary tracks the rise of the “fetal personhood” movement and reveals a growing system of laws in America that target and criminalize pregnant people – especially lower income women and women of color. At the intersection of the erosion of women’s rights, the war on drugs, and mass incarceration, Loertscher’s experience reveals the dangerous ripple effects of anti-choice policies on women who have no intention of ending their pregnancies.
More at personhoodmovie.com.
WORTH MY SALT
Recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Award (2017) and a 4Culture Art Projects Award (2016)
Worth My Salt, currently in post-production, follows queer, femme performance artist, Jody Kuehner, as she challenges audiences with her alter ego, Cherdonna Shinatra.
PERSONHOOD: Policing Pregnant Women in America tells a different reproductive rights story – one that ripples far beyond the right to choose and into the lives of every pregnant person in America. Like a moment from the chilling “Handmaid’s Tale,” Tammy Loertscher’s fetus was given an attorney, while the courts denied Tammy her constitutional rights. In this timely documentary, we see her sent to jail, and then forced to challenge a Wisconsin law that eroded her privacy, her right to due process, and her body sovereignty. Through her story, PERSONHOOD reframes the abortion debate to encompass the growing system of laws that criminalize and police pregnant people.
The film premiered at DOC NYC (2019) and was nominated for a Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and Best Documentary Feature at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. The film has won the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for Documentaries, a Golden Badger Award at the Wisconsin Film Festival, and most recently, the Feature Documentary Silver Prize at the Social Justice Film Festival.
Produced in collaboration with Tandybrook Productions in cooperation with Women Make Movies.
THE THINGS WE KEEP
Seattle International Film Festival premiere (2015)
Winner, Best Short Documentary, West Virginia Filmmakers Festival
The Things We Keep is a meditation on one man’s yearly sojourn into the Coconino Forest to collect firewood and re-connect with his roots. As he recounts his early inspirations and life as a sawmill worker, we discover a past based in a simpler time.
Best Short Documentary, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival (2013)
On October 31, 2009, Seattle Police Officer Timothy Q. Brenton was killed in the line of duty. At the funeral, the SFD bagpipes and drums band graciously played, inspiring Brenton’s partner, Ryan Gallagher, to form a band within his own organization. Set against the sonic backdrop of their own piping and drumming, this is the story of their inspiration and pride for their role in the community and their reverent respect of their responsibility in the honor of fallen officers.
RANCH HANDS (WORKING TITLE)
Inspired by the stage play Almost, Maine, Ranch Hands is a comedic study of relationships, sexuality, and friendship. Two small town farm workers, Ren and Matt, are simultaneously pushed apart and pulled together when their friendship is tested by the untimely introduction of the concept of a platonic marriage between them.
Currently in post-production. Produced in partnership as Project Evolution, a collaboration with Illuxion, Post EQ, and Synergy Productions.
YOGA FOR SALVADOR
A prodigal sister returns to her home in the San Juan Islands, desiring to sell an original Dali, the family heirloom, to save the world she and her husband have built. But first, she must win the artwork by defeating her free-spirited sister in the way they have since they were children – a yoga battle.
Yoga for Salvador was the recipient of an Orcas Island Film Festival production grant, and was filmed in Seattle and on location in Orcas Island, Washington.
We wander through our lives, sometimes intertwined in others’ paths, but essentially alone along on the journey. As our universe revolves around our own individual experiences, we tend to forget the joys, the pains, struggles, the emotions that surround us. Turning Point opts to demonstrate how short and finite and fragile life truly is, and how, in dwelling on the machine of daily life sometimes blocks the chance to truly see and savor the moments that escape us with every breath we take.
Filmed in collaboration with Public Displays of Affection.
Iron is a short period drama set in the Pacific Northwest inspired by the true stories of women railroad workers during the early 1900s.
Lily Cohen escapes the the crowded tenements of New York to take on a demanding railway job. Determined to work on a steam engine, a position not traditionally held by women, Lilly faces the hostility of her fellow railroad workers while finding her own inner strength.
Iron was shot in Snoqualmie, WA, in cooperation with the Northwest Railway Museum, utilizing authentic period steam engines. The film’s genesis was inspired by a 4Culture site-specific grant that was awarded to the writing/producing team in 2015.
Special Jury Prize, Seattle International Film Festival (2013)
Set in 1942, DECIMATION finds ten Russian soldiers who have been accused of cowardice on the Eastern Front and are being temporarily imprisoned. A Red Army General decides to utilize the ancient Roman punishment of decimation, where one soldier is drawn at random and the other nine serve as his executioner. The film chronicles the men’s last traumatic hours before the execution, revealing horrors of war, collective experiences, and dreams for a normal post-war life.
Filmed in collaboration with Legacy Pictures and Kris Kidd Productions.