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PERSONHOOD examines a widely unknown system of laws that treats pregnant women as an underclass. The film follows a new mom as she fights to change a Wisconsin law that stripped her of nearly every constitutional right while pregnant.

“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, Editor

Jo is a director and Telly and CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning editor and founder of Tandybrook Productions. Past credits include short documentary, Beyond The Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array, narrated by Jodi Foster. In 2012, she edited two feature documentaries broadcast on PBS, Into Deepest Space: The Birth of the ALMA Observatory and Papa Boss. 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. Ardinger is also a guest instructor at the University of Washington, where she teaches digital storytelling in science.

Rosalie Miller
Rosalie Miller

Rosalie is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and co-founder of Wanderhouse Productions. Past producing credits include the short documentary, Throwing Punches, which screened in Canada and the US, and Decimation, winner of a 2013 ‘Jury Award’ at the Seattle International Film Festival. She is currently post supervising the WA Filmwork’s Innovation Lab recipient, War Room (from the series, Chaldea) to be released this summer and in post on her micro-short documentary, The Things We Keep. Miller is an organizer for the Social Justice Film Festival and a member of SAG-AFTRA and Women in Film.

Marc Pingry
Marc Pingry
Director of Photography

Marc Pingry is an award-winning cinematographer with over 35 years of experience in multiple genres and formats. After 20 years working in Public TV and 19 local Emmys, Pingry formed is own production company in 1999. He was one of the original pioneers of HDTV in 1989 specializing in aerials that were among the first HD broadcasts in the U.S.  Marc and his partner Sigal Bujman co-produced with Discovery HD  30 episodes of Fantastic Festivals of the World. Recent productions include Papa Boss (PBS), Koxinga: A Hero’s Legacy (NatGeo), I for India (Adlabs Imagica),  History of China (CCTV), and most recently, the feature-length documentary, Vitch, currently in production.


Stefan Hajek
Stefan Hajek
Consulting Producer

Stefan is an award-winning film producer, director, and co-founder of Wanderhouse Productions. He has worked as a producer, production manager, and director on feature and short films, a television pilot, several music videos, and multiple national commercials. Highlights include the multi-award winning period drama Decimation, the poignant documentary The Things We Keep, and the experimental narrative Turning Point. He produced the 20th Century Fox released Heart of the Country  and I Am. And most recently, his narrative directorial debut, Yoga for Salvador, premiered at the Orcas Island Film Festival. Hajek’s first documentary as a director, Solid Blue, recently completed a successful international film festival run.

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). She 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.  Warshawski’s next feature documentary in production is called Big Sonia, slated for release in 2016.



"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

“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


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Meiser Communications

“In the public policy wars, one side is driven by a moral vision that says we have to save all the embryos and fetuses. The other side is driven by a moral visions that says we have to protect the rights of women.”

Dr. Arthur Caplan, Ph.D , Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center



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