The Sundance abortion documentary Trapped has nabbed a distribution deal from Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens, it was announced Friday.
Dawn Porter’s Trapped follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.
The film was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
The distributors will handle different venues, with Abramorama handling the limited theatrical distribution for the film, while Ro*Co Films, in conjunction with Film Sprout, will handle educational and community screenings. PBS’ Independent Lens will air the film in June timed to the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision that will determine the constitutionality of “TRAP” (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws.
“Three companies, ostensibly with different agendas, are instead working in concert to make this film accessible to as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” said Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama. “Such is the power of cooperation when the stakes are this high. We hope our elected officials will see that such a thing is possible.”
Trapped will run in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on March 4.