What does it take to launch a movement? Just ask Jane — or rather, “the Janes,” a group of courageous young women dedicated to providing abortion services pre-Roe vs. Wade. Based on a true story and spanning the years 1969 to 1973, director Rachel Carey delivers an informative and inspiring film that is as poignant as it is powerful. Willing to risk jail and put in jeopardy their personal safety, education, futures, and perhaps even their lives, we watch as one woman recruits another, who recruits another, and so on, to form an underground network willing to defy the authorities and ultimately help more than 11,000 Chicagoans secure safe, albeit illegal abortions. Passing the baton on as one crew replaces another, Ask For Jane reminds us that activism can bring about change and that sisterhood is powerful, something to hold onto at a time when Roe vs. Wade could be on the chopping block. —Barbara Pokras, ACE
BIO: Rachel Carey is a writer and filmmaker based in New York City. Recent projects as writer/director include the 1-hour TV pilot Takers, which won an award for Best Actress at Seriesfest in 2016. The film continues to play at festivals nationwide, including the 2017 Hoboken International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Television Pilot. She has directed several short films and music videos that have won multiple awards, and her novel Debt was optioned to be turned into a TV series for ABC Family by Calamity Jane, Ellen Pompeo's production company. She has an MFA in film directing from NYU and is a member of NYWIFT.
Cast/Featuring: Cody Horn, Cait Cortelyou, Sarah Steele, Sarah Ramos, Chloe Levine
The Woodstock Film Festival is a not-for-profit, 501c3 organization with a mission to present an
annual program and year-round schedule of film, music,
and art-related activities that promote artists, culture,
inspired learning, and diversity. The Hudson Valley Film
Commission promotes sustainable economic development
by attracting and supporting film, video and media production.