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With the rise of the “fetal personhood” movement, comes dangerous new laws that treat pregnant people as second-class citizens. This widening web of laws encourages the surveillance, policing and criminalization of women during pregnancy. As a result, prosecutions for miscarriages, stillbirths, and using drugs while pregnant are becoming widespread.

PERSONHOOD: Policing Pregnant Women in America brings the human impact of these policies into the light through the story of a rural Wisconsin mother who was jailed after telling her doctor about her occasional pre-conception drug use. Tammy Loertscher’s first-person narrative and recently unsealed court recordings provide a rare glimpse into these closed-door proceedings that have impacted thousands of American women.

The film follows Tammy’s story after her incarceration, as she rebuilds her life and fights to overturn Wisconsin’s unconstitutional Act 292, the ‘Unborn Child Protection Act.’ This intimate portrait of the high personal cost of the issue telescopes out toward the events being played out across America.

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OUR TEAM

Jo-Ardinger-director

JO ARDINGER

WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITOR

Jo Ardinger is an award winning director, editor and story consultant working on both documentary and narrative films. Her feature documentary debut, PERSONHOOD – Policing Pregnant Women in America premiered at DOC NYC in 2019 and won the American Bar Association’s 2020 Silver Gavel Award for Documentaries. She is currently editing the feature documentary Clearwater, about the special relationship of Pacific Northwest tribal people to the Salish Sea. Ardinger is also an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she teaches digital storytelling in the realm of science.

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ROSALIE MILLER

PRODUCER

Rosalie produces commercial video content and documentary and narrative film. She is a recipient of a 4Culture Artist Award, a GAP Award, and most recently, an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award for Documentaries. Rosalie is in post-production on her second documentary, Worth My Salt, about queer, femme performance artist, Jody Kuehner (aka Cherdonna Shinatra). Her documentary short debut, The Things We Keep, premiered at the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival and had its broadcast premiere on KCTS9 Reel NW. She’s a member of Women in Film Seattle, Women Make Movies, the Documentary Producers Alliance, and is a proud mom to a spirited 3 year-old toddler.

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MARC PINGRY

CINEMATOGRAPHER

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 his 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.

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JOHANNA DEMETRAKAS

STORY AND EDITORIAL CONSULTANT

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NILS COWAN

STORY CONSULTANT

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DAVID ZIEFF

CONSULTING EDITOR

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BC CAMPBELL

ORIGINAL SCORE

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PETER ADKISON

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

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STEFAN HAYEK

CONSULTING PRODUCER

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LEAH WARSHAWSKI

IMPACT PRODUCER

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CLEMENTINE BRIAND

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, ARCHIVAL RESEARCHER

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TODD SOLIDAY

MOTION GRAPHICS, VISUAL EFFECTS

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ELIZA FLUG, KATE KECKLER DANDEL, WARREN ETHEREDGE, LADORA SELLA

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS

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Pasquale Leonardo, Hai-Tao Wu

SOUND RECORDISTS

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MARCY BLOOM, RHENDA MEISER

ADVISERS

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JASON SHAVEY, PATRICK MCBRIDE

SOUND DESIGN

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Nils Cowan, Celeste Glende Pleadwell, Bliss Holloway, Afshin Javadi, Pasquale Leonardo, Hai-Tao Wu, Valerie Vozza

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY

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JOHN DAVIDSON

COLORIST

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BACKERS

Jeff Berg, Beth Burnett, Sven Cowan, Angi Ford, Robert Hayek, John Helde, Jeremy Horowitz, Clara Ladd, Lisa Every, Gino Pesi, John Miller, Victoria Lawson, Kim Lawrence, Joy Wolf, Nancy & Mark Haley, Francois Briand,, Karen Cardozo, Catherine Raphael. Kathryn Van Wagenen, Topo Swope, Suzanne Poppema, Danielle Bernstein, Peter Adkison, Bill Ardinger, Janet Stanley, Dee Fenton, Leah Warshawski, Ann Darling, Joshua Milliken, Vivian Hurwitz, Holly Dannunzio, Rhenda Meiser, Susan & Jim Milliken, James Milliken, Pam Andrew, Elaine Nonneman, Mary Pascoe, Dee Boersma, Kate Dandel, Eliza Flug

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