New Personhood Documentary Film Teaser Coming Soon

SYNOPSIS

With the rise of the fetal rights movement across America, dangerous new laws give the government power to override a woman’s constitutional rights during pregnancy.

“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 and founder of Tandybrook Productions. Her recent documentary editing credits include Imba Means Sing (Best Humanitarian Documentary, Global Film Awards, 2016), Beyond The Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array, narrated by Jodi Foster; and PBS documentaries, 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
Producer

Rosalie is an award-winning filmmaker, actor, and co-founder of Wanderhouse Productions. She currently produces branded content for Amazon and is in production on her second documentary, a 2016 4Culture Artist Award recipient. Her documentary short debut, The Things We Keep, premiered at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and has been distributed by Alaska Airlines and KCTS9 Reel NW. Past producing credits include short drama, Iron, supported by 4Culture and the Northwest Railway Museum, and Decimation, winner of a 2013 SIFF ‘Jury Award’. In front of the camera, she has worked as an actor for over a decade, having credits such as 7 Minutes, starring Jason Ritter and Kris Kristofferson, the 20th Century Fox dramas, Heart of the Country and I Am; and most recently, a recurring role on the SyFy series Z Nation. Rosalie is a member of Women Make Movies, Women in Film Seattle, and the Seattle Documentary Association.

Marc Pingry
Marc Pingry
Director of Photography

Marc 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, which debuted at the 2017 Mill Valley Film Festival. Vitch is currently making the festival rounds.

 

Stefan Hajek
Stefan Hajek
Consulting Producer

Stefan is an award-winning film producer, creative 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.

Leah Warshawski
Leah Warshawski
Co-executive Producer

Leah produces documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Warshawski’s career in film began in Hawaii working in the marine department for LOST and HAWAII. Her first feature film, Finding Hillywood (2013) won 6 awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Doc Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 festivals around the world. Leah’s current documentary Big Sonia (2016), is about her 91-year old grandmother (and Holocaust survivor) who still drives herself to work everyday. BIG SONIA has received international press and pitch forum invitations from IFP and HotDocs, and won Best Doc & Audience Award during its premiere in Napa and DOC NYC. In addition, Leah co-founded rwandafilm.org in 2012, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers supported by Bpeace and The Academy of Motion Pictures.

Nils Cowan
Nils Cowan
Story Consultant

Nils has been writing, producing and directing award-winning documentary features, short films and broadcast programming ​for over seventeen years. Born and raised in Calgary, Canada, he was trained in the trenches of the dynamic documentary and factual programming industry of Washington, DC. In 2009, after working on an interpretive film for the National Park Service about Mount Rainier he moved back west and joined the diverse and growing production market of Seattle. Winner of several Emmy, Telly, and Cine Awards, Nils’ work has been seen in festivals, theaters and on networks on 6 continents. Having had the good fortune to explore difficult topics such as Drug Policy Reform, the Death Penalty, Police-Citizen Relations, he was instantly drawn to the unique story and marginalized characters of Personhood.

 

Leah Trangen
Leah Trangen
Assistant Editor, Archival Researcher

Leah graduated from the University of Washington in 2015, where her undergraduate work was focused on anthropology, development studies and Latin American studies. Documentary film combines her passions for telling human stories and for film. She has worked as an associate producer at Marc Pingry Productions since the fall of 2015.

 
 

Advisers

Meet our Board of Advisers

Jon Betz
Jon Betz
Adviser

Jon is the Director/Producer & Editor of Seed: The Untold Story (Upcoming Broadcast on PBS Independent Lens). Betz is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He is the producer and editor for Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010). Queen of the Sun was critically- acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release and heralded by The New York Times as “Revelatory! A Critic’s Pick” His previous film, Memorize you saw it (2008) journals his experience as an aid worker living with former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz is a Fledgling Outreach and Engagement and Lab Fellow, a Britdocs GOODPITCH alumni and a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. He is the director of distribution at Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and documentary distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.

Rhenda Meiser
Rhenda Meiser
Adviser/Publicist

Rhenda is communications director for Seattle’s Social Justice Film Festival and president of Meiser Communications. She promoted the United States premiere of the feature film Tula The Revolt, starring Danny Glover, plus festival screenings with activists Sister Helen Prejean and José Antonio Vargas. Meiser helps filmmakers and social-impact groups connect with their communities and the media—revealing their human stories and serving the public’s interest.

Marcy Bloom
Marcy Bloom
Adviser

Marcy Bloom is a recipient of the 2006 William O. Douglas Award, the ACLU of Washington’s highest honor. A courageous advocate for civil liberties, she has long been a leader in safeguarding the fundamental right to reproductive freedom. Bloom served for 18 years as the executive director and guiding force of the Aradia Women’s Health Center, Seattle’s first nonprofit abortion and gynecological health center, and a model for clinics nationwide. She currently works for GIRE – El Grupo de Informacion en Reproduccion Elegida/The Information Group on Reproductive Choice. GIRE seeks to decriminalize and destigmatize abortion and works toward the expansion of reproductive justice and respectful, safe reproductive health services for all women of Latin America.

 
 

“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

Sponsors

Fiscal and Service Sponsors of Personhood

Personhood Sponsors, Hostile Work Environment
Surge Consulting
Meiser Communications

"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

“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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