Film phase:Completed


At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by the age of 45. Four in 10 unwanted pregnancies are terminated by abortion. What would happen if access to care for these cases completely disappeared? Following the progress of two Southern reproductive health clinics, Trapped captures their struggle as they continue to provide care in the face of an increasingly hostile legal and political climate.




Dawn Porter looks away from the camera. Black and white portrait.Dawn Porter founded Trilogy Films in 2007 and made her feature documentary directorial debut with Gideon’s Army, which premiered and won the Best Editing Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Gideon’s Army recently had its broadcast television premiere on HBO, receiving rave reviews and high ratings; hailed as “essential…gripping and beautiful” by Esquire magazine and described by the New York Times as a “stirring” film. Named to the list of “Doc Hot Shots 2012: 15 Emerging Directors to Watch” by Realscreen magazine, Dawn also produced and directed Spies of Mississippi, which aired on Independent Lens in February 2014.




Trapped was selected for Work in Progress screenings at the Full Frame and Athena Film Festivals. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a special jury social impact prize.