Ask For Jane
Abortion rights in America are under attack... but just a few decades ago, a group of women found a way to provide safe and affordable abortions to women, before it was even legal. The story of the Jane Collective is thrilling and inspirational, and it's more relevant now than ever.
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About The Project
Based on a true story...
In 1969 Chicago, young college student Susan takes a step outside her sheltered life to help a desperate friend find a safe but illegal abortion. Susan and the more radical Janice form a friendship as they start providing the doctor's number to other desperate women -- until the doctor angrily refuses to help them. Instead of giving up, the young women decide to think bigger.
Susan, Janice, and other young women form the Jane Collective: a secret organization to help women obtain safe abortions by connecting them with doctors who will provide the service safely and at low cost.
Susan sacrifices her career plans, her boyfriend, and her relationship with her mother in the name of helping women in need. When the women of Jane are eventually arrested, they face the ultimate test of their commitment to the cause and to each other.
ASK FOR JANE is an inspiring and empowering movie about women coming together to help each other:
"Because if society isn't going to help us, we're just going to do it ourselves."
Inclusion Statement"Ask For Jane" is about women, for women, and by women. It passes the Bechdel test in nearly every scene. It will be written, directed and produced by women.
About This Team
We are passionate artists and committed activists who believe that this is the right story to be told right now. This is the story of young women who teamed up to take things into their own hands to make sure that women could get safe, affordable abortions in the late 60s and early 70s -- risking their own lives and futures in the process. We hope that the Ask for Jane days won't come back, but we also find inspiration in the true story of the fearless women of the Jane Collective. Previously, this story has been told only in articles, books, and documentaries. We think it's time for a narrative feature film!
--Cait and Rachel (more about us below!)
Rachel Carey (Writer and Director)
Recent projects as writer/director include the 1-hour tv pilot "Takers," which won an award for Best Actress at Seriesfest in 2016 and played at festivals nationwide, along with several short films and music videos that have won multiple awards. Her novel Debt was optioned to be turned into a tv series by Calamity Jane, Ellen Pompeo's production company. She has an MFA in film directing from NYU.
Cait Johnston (Creator and Star)
Recently produced and starred in the satirical feminist web serial "A Ladies' Guide to Making Conversation More Interesting," which won the Grand Prize in the TAC Tiny Film Festival. Other acting credits includes Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick," feature film Ripped! now streaming on Amazon, and Off-Broadway phenomenon Sleep No More. She has a BA in Theatre from Barnard, and is an activist with Planned Parenthood.
Grace Young (Actor)
Recently Associate Produced the film Stay Awake, which won the Jury Award for Narrative Short at the Slamdance Film Festival, and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Since graduating from the University of Virginia, Grace has enjoyed acting in indie films, commercials, and voice overs in New York. She practices muay thai kickboxing, vinyasa yoga, and cycling. She currently lives in New York City and loves exploring this beautiful city with her friends.