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.




trapped_Dawn Porter headshot copy 2Dawn 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.




On track for completion in 2015, Trapped was selected for Work in Progress screenings at the Full Frame and Athena Film Festivals. An informational website is in development,, along with Facebook ( and Twitter (@TrappedDoc) accounts. In addition to Chicken & Egg Pictures, Trapped is supported by the Firelight Media Next Step Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, and Catapult Film Fund.