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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Cait Johnston and Rachel Carey's Ask for Jane

NYWIFT members Cait Johnston and Rachel Carey are working on a feature film entitled Ask for Jane, the script for which was originally developed in the NYWIFT New Works Lab affinity group. Ask for Jane is based on the true story of the Jane Collective: In 1969, when simply talking about abortion could lead to 5 years in prison, a group of young women in Chicago formed an entire underground abortion network; in the years leading up to Roe v. Wade, they saved the lives of more than 11,000 women with nowhere else to turn. Ask For Jane is unique in that it uses universally relatable characters to combine two popular genres: long-lost stories of women’s history (like Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures), and spy dramas—complete with blindfolds and code names!

The deadline for the fund is April 4.


Cait Johnston
 (Creator, Producer, and Actor)

Rachel Carey (Writer and Director)

Per Cait: "I first learned about the Jane Collective last May, and knew right away that it was a story that needed to be shared – especially in our current political climate – and that it would make an incredible feature film. In addition to being the creator of this project, I am producing and starring in it, and the award-winning Rachel Carey is the writer and director. The film shoots this June in New York, and will be submitted to Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, and Venice, among other prestigious festivals.

A grassroots campaign is the best and fastest way to actually get this film in front of our audiences, and we have estimated a modest budget of $200,000 to shoot this feature-length period drama. Fittingly, we’ve launched our crowdfund in March to coincide with celebrating Women’s History Month! Crowdfunded projects that reach 30% of their asking budget within the first day go on to have a 100% success rate of reaching their goal."


Cait Johnston 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.

Rachel Carey
has worked on recent projects as writer/director, including 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.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts