New Personhood Documentary Film Teaser Coming Soon
Women Make Movies, Big Sky Documentary Film Fest



Across America a new campaign in the battle against abortion is being waged, aiming to give full and separate personhood status to fertilized eggs, leaving in limbo a woman’s right to life, liberty and due process of law. Activists on both sides of this polarizing debate fight tirelessly for their mission, while ordinary women and men caught in-between, struggle with the consequences.

PERSONHOOD, a feature documentary film, sheds light on all sides of this crucial issue confronting voters across the country. From political and religious leaders to organizers and average citizens, the movie weaves together the powerful stories of individuals swept up in the battle between the personhood rights of woman and fetus. Our goal is to ignite this critical conversation on whether it’s possible for us to find common ground on what it means to be a person — and who gets to decide.

“We have to decide that all life counts, not just fetal life, but the lives of women, and the lives of people
who hold views that are different than yours."

Dr. Willie J. Parker, 2013 George Tiller, MD, Award Recipient

The Team

Meet the Production Team behind Personhood

Joanne Ardinger
Joanne Ardinger
Director, Producer, Editor

Jo is a director and Telly and CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning editor with over ten years experience at all phases of production. In 2013, Jo edited short documentary, Beyond The Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array, narrated by Jodi Foster. And in 2012, she edited two feature documentaries broadcast on PBS,  Into Deepest Space: the Birth of the ALMA Observatory and PapaBoss . Her other work includes the Military Channel’s Lions of Babylon – A Soldier’s Diary and Discovery’s Fantastic Festivals of the World – Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival. Jo produces content for KCTS Quest Northwest, as well as editing narrative projects. She is a guest instructor at the University of Washington where she teaches visual storytelling.

Rosalie Miller
Rosalie Miller

Rosalie is an actor, award-winning producer, and co-founder of Wanderhouse Productions. Recent producer credits include short drama, Decimation, which won a ‘Jury Award’ at the Seattle International Film Festival 2013, Throwing Punches, about one stuntwoman’s journey to the top, and Every Beautiful Thing, starring HBO’s Lauren Weedman. In 2012, Rosalie produced a high-profile speaker series for nationally acclaimed environmental news site,, bringing in influencers such as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Van Jones, and Dr. E.O. She works with the  Social Justice Film Festival, and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Women In Film Seattle.

Stefan Hajek
Stefan Hajek
Line Producer

Stefan is an award-winning film producer, director, and co-founder of Wanderhouse Productions. He has produced three feature films, nine short films, a television pilot, and several music videos including the multi-award winning period drama Decimation, and the experimental narrative Turning Point. He co-produced the 20th Century Fox released Heart of the Country  and I Am. And most recently, the dramatic feature  A Bad Summer for Tomatoes, which is currently in post-production. Stefan’s first documentary as a director, Solid Blue, has been selected for screening at several international festivals.

Leah Warshawski
Leah Warshawski
Co-executive Producer

Leah is a producer/director specializing in documentary storytelling around the globe for commercials, branded entertainment, reality shows, narrative features, and documentaries. She has worked for major television networks on shows including LOST and HAWAII, and has filmed in more than 30 countries. Her most recent feature documentary Finding Hillywood (2013) has won six awards since its premiere, including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Documentary Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival). Leah is also the co-founder of, an outreach and job site created in partnership with Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. She enjoys helping filmmakers develop and implement effective (and fun) marketing, outreach, festival, and audience engagement strategies.  Her next feature documentary in production is called Big Sonia.

Nils Cowan
Nils Cowan
Story Consultant

A native of Calgary, Canada who cut his teeth in the competitive broadcast industry of Washington D.C., Nils has been producing, writing and directing compelling content for more than ten years, from award winning broadcast documentaries, full-length independent features, non-profit commercials and PSAs, and numerous films for museums and visitors centers. He has worked with distinguished leaders and top-level talent, including Harrison Ford, Bill Gates, Jodie Foster, and President George W. Bush; and explored some of the more controversial issues of our time, such as the Iraq War, Communism in Cuba, and Drug Policy Reform. Nils’ most recent documentary feature, Evergreen, which chronicles the political battle over the historic legalization of marijuana in 2012, was picked up for distribution by First Run Features.

Erin Bernhardt
Erin Bernhardt
Associate Producer

Erin, an Atlanta native, is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning humanitarian journalist and filmmaker. She first fell deeply in love with Africa and its people on her assignment to Madagascar with the Peace Corps. Her production and outreach experience includes ABC, CNN, and non-profits around the world. At CNN, Erin worked closely on the 2008 election coverage; found a niche in covering Africa, musical activism, and the changing face of homelessness. Erin also worked as the Filmmaker & Community Manager at Better World Books where she learned about the global education crisis, further motivating her to produce Imba Means SingErin is devoting her time to fundraising, marketing and producing the film. She also continues her activism through regular columns for Huffington Post, Paste, and Rejuvenate magazines.

"What’s happened is that women are beginning to recognize that what’s at stake is more than abortion, it is their personhood — their ability to be full, equal, constitutional persons in the United States of America."

Lynn Paltrow, Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women

“I think it's critical for us all to ask the fundamental
question: and that is, what is the pre-born child?
And then become educated on it."

Keith Mason, Founder, Personhood USA


Fiscal and Service Sponsors of Personhood

Hostile Work Environment
Surge Consulting
Meiser Communications

“If you can't control what happens with your own body,
you really don't have control over your life.”

Emilie Ailts, Former Executive Director, NARAL Pro-Choice CO



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