Producer/Director: Gillian Aldrich
Gillian Aldrich is a documentary producer and journalist who has worked on social justice issues in television, radio, and print. She has worked with Michael Moore on several projects, including most recently as a field producer for the academy award winning documentary Bowling for Columbine, on his television series, The Awful Truth, and on his best-selling book, Downsize This, as well as contributing to his documentary, The Big One. In television, she line-produced Trio’s The Syringa Tree, a moving one woman show about growing up in South Africa under apartheid, and she worked on the Showtime documentary Brotherhood of Hate, profiling one family’s crime and a community steeped in white supremacist ideology. With Skylight Pictures, she co-produced Battle for Broad, a documentary about the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, a renowned group of homeless activists in Philadelphia who have made homelessness an international human rights issue.
From this experience, Gillian became an early member of the media college, a group of media professionals who assist The Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and advocate media democracy. In radio, she produced the progressive daily national news show Democracy Now on Pacifica, and she wrote and produced a one hour documentary for National Public Radio’s This American Life, entitled 20th Century Man, involving the search for her late father’s true identity in the bizarre twists and turns his life took. She is honored to be a part of bringing this long suppressed aspect of women’s history, our abortions, to light.
Producer/Creator: Jennifer Baumgardner
After a five-year stint as an editor at Ms. (1993-7), Jennifer Baumgardner began writing for a diverse array of publications, doing investigative pieces for Harper’s, Mother Jones, and The Nation. She also writes for many of the major women’s magazines including Jane, Glamour, Marie Claire, Lifetime, and Elle and has written several commentaries for NPR’s All Things Considered.
Her first book, Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future, co-authored with Amy Richards, was published in October of 2000. Their second book together, Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism was published in January 2005 (FSG). Jennifer is the editor of a series of feminist classics, including Shulamith Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex (2003) and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch (2002) for Farrar, Straus & Giroux. She is also writing a book about the phenomenon of bisexuality and its links to feminism called Look Both Ways: Girls and Sex (FSG).
Since 2000, Jennifer has lectured at more than 160 colleges and high schools including Yale, Harvard, Colgate, the University of North Dakota, the University of Michigan, Mills College, Rutgers, Tulane, Vanderbilt, USC, Swarthmore, Appalachian State, and was a fellow at Dartmouth in 2004. Jennifer has worked as a writer and organizer with foundations such as Honor the Earth (an indigenous environmental group), Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the Third Wave Foundation (the only national organization for feminist activists between the ages of 15 and 30). She was a board member and fundraiser for the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) and, through an organization called Haven, has hosted women who come to New York from other states in order to get a later-term abortion.
Jennifer is a popular pundit and interview guest for venues from Oprah to Talk of the Nation. For two years (2000-02), she was a host on She Span, a weekly political roundtable on the Oxygen Network for women. In 2003, the Commonwealth Club of California hailed her in their centennial year as one of six “Visionaries for the 21st Century,” commenting that ”in her role as author and activist, [Jennifer has] permanently changed the way people think about feminism…and will shape the next 100 years of politics and culture.” In 2002, Jennifer created the “I Had an Abortion” campaign to encourage women (and men) to “come out” about their procedures, a core element of which is a film documenting women’s stories of abortion.
Researcher/ Assistant to the Producer: Jenny Egan
Jenny Egan is a Brooklyn writer and activist. She graduated from Smith College in 2002 and received an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. Her writing has appeared in Bust and Girlfriends magazines. She has worked on various political campaigns, including working as a regional organizer for the Bill Bradley campaign in 2000, and continues to be involved in electoral politics.
Editor: Kristen Nutile
Kristen Nutile is a documentary editor and filmmaker based in New York City. She has edited films for Human Rights Watch and Maysles Films Inc., and her work has appeared on Showtime. She has also worked on numerous documentary films including Miss America and Seabiscuit for The American Experience (PBS). In addition, Kristen has produced and directed six documentary shorts, which have played both nationally and internationally, including the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. She holds Master’s degrees in both Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, and Biology from San Francisco State University.
Associate Editor: Natasha Edwards
Natasha Edwards is a NYC-based writer, editor and documentary filmmaker. Born in Ireland and raised in London, she received her undergraduate degree at Bard College and has worked in publishing for the past six years. She is currently working on her first feature documentary Million Dollar Mum, with Dilly Dally Productions.