June 20, 10 pm


About the Film

TRAPPED goes to the front lines of the controversial battle currently being waged over so-called TRAP laws — Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers — which reproductive rights advocates believe are designed to restrict access to abortion. Told through the eyes of doctors, clinic owners, and staff in Alabama and Texas who are fighting to keep their facilities open, the film reveals the impact of the hundreds of new laws passed since 2011 that set additional standards and regulations for abortion providers. Compliance often requires costly facility modifications or staffing requirements and has resulted in the closure of many clinics. MORE

Proponents of these laws, most of which have been passed in Southern states, maintain that they are necessary to protect women’s health. Opponents believe that the regulations are unnecessary and designed to limit access to abortion. The current case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, will decide whether these laws are constitutional.

TRAPPED also includes interviews with the legal team arguing before the Supreme Court that TRAP laws are designed to undermine and circumvent the right to choose granted under Roe v. Wade. In Texas, more than half of the clinics open in 2013 have closed; the handful remaining in Alabama are struggling, and only one remains in Mississippi. TRAPPED provides an on-the-ground, up-to-the minute look at the latest battle in America’s ongoing struggle over abortion rights.

The Filmmaker

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 and has been used to engage local communities about indigent defense, the U.S. justice system, and socioeconomic influences on crime.

Porter’s other films include Spies of Mississippi (Independent Lens, 2014) and Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper (Discovery Channel and OWN, 2015), a documentary chronicling President Obama’s program to help young men and boys of color succeed. During the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, Mashable named Porter to its list of “10 Female Directors to Watch in 2016,” along with Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie, and Niki Caro. Porter is a Keppler Speaker. Prior to her work as a filmmaker, she was director of standards and practices at ABC News and vice president of standards and practices at A&E. LESS

Film Credits

Directed, Written and Produced by
Dawn Porter

Edited and Written by
Sari Gilman

Produced by
Marilyn Ness

Executive Producer
Cindy Meehi

Executive Producers
Lois Vossen
Sally Jo Fifer

Co-Executive Producers
Diane L. Max
Audrey Rosenberg

Supervising Producer
Amy Shatsky

Katie Flint

Associate Editor
Matt Cowan

Music by
Paul Brill and Elizabeth Ziman

Summer Damon

Directors of Photography
Nadia Hallgren
Chris Hilleke

Jake Clennell
Hannah Gregg
Kirsten Johnson
Martina Radwan
Keith Walker
Derek Wiesehahn

Chris Burns
Jacob “Cubby” Falls
Judy Karp
Francisco Latorre
David Schumacher
Bob Silverthorne
Tyrell Williams

Additional Camera
Dawn Porter
Bill Schweikert
Stanley Staniski

Associate Producers
Amanda Goscinski
Dana Kalmey

Line Producer
Jennifer Partin

Field Producer
Tina Elmo

Consulting Producer
Katy Chevigny

Design & Animation by
Molly Schwartz
Jason Conradt

Original Score Written and Performed by
Paul Brill and Elizabeth Ziman

Recorded and Produced by
Paul Brill at Casa de Rico y Luca Studios, Brooklyn

Additional Recording by
Paul Loren and Ed McEntee at Sterling Society Social Club, Brooklyn
Assisted by Kate Lucas

Paul Brill – Guitars, Keys and Voice
Claudia Chopek – Violin
Bill Dobrow – Drums
Dave Eggar – Cello
Rob Jost – Bass, French Horn
Peter Lalish – Electric Guitars
Entcho Todorov – Violin, Viola
Elizabeth Ziman – Pianos and Voice

HD Post Production
ZAP Zoetrope Aubry Productions, San Francisco

Post-Production Audio Services by
Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company

Sound Supervisor/Re-Recording Mixer
Pete Horner

Legal Services
Karen Shatzkin
Peter Jaszi

Digital Producer
Bryce Kirchoff

Deirdre O’Connor Cox

June Ayers
Napoleon Bracy, Jr.
Kate Bernyk
Callie Chatman
Fatimah Gifford
Gloria Gray
Dalton Johnson
Amy Hagstrom Miller
Jennifer R. Miller
Nancy Northrup
Dr. Willie Parker
Mia Raven
Julie Rikelman
Marva Sadler
Stephanie Toti

Archival Footage and Photographs Provided By
ABCNEWS VideoSource
Alabama Media Group
June Ayers
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
The CONUS Archive
Gloria Gray
Huffington Post Politics
LIN Television Corporation
Mississippi College School of Law
NBC Nightly News
Willie Parker
The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC
The Reid Report, NBC News
The Supreme Court, PBS
The Texas Tribune
Track News
WHNT News 19
The Young Turks

Special Thanks
San Francisco Film Society’s FilmHouse Program

Fiscal Sponsor
Women Make Movies

Funding Provided by
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Nancy Blachman
Catapult Film Fund
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Fork Films
Jenerosity Foundation
Jennifer Wilson
Artemis Rising
Firelight Media Producer’s Lab
Gretchen Sisson
Cecilia and Garrett Boone
Yen Chuang Foundation
Christa D’Alimonte and Flint Hobart
Clare Smith Marash
For a full list of funders and Kickstarter donors, please go here.

TRAPPED is a production of Trilogy Films LLC, Bigmouth Productions, Cedar Creek Productions and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

This film was produced by Trilogy Films, LLC which is solely responsible for its content.

All commentary and opinions presented are those of Trilogy Films, LLC. For related resources with additional information and viewpoints, visit

©2016 Trilogy Films, LLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Independent Lens Audience Award
  • Peabody Award
    Best Documentary
  • Sundance Film Festival
    U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for For Social Impact Filmmaking
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
    ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
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