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NYWIFT New Works Lab Project Ask For Jane to be Made into a Feature Film

Ask for Jane was originally developed in NYWIFT's New Works Lab by members Cait Johnston and Rachel Carey. The film follows the true story of The Jane Collective, a group of women who facilitated abortion services for over 11,000 women in Chicago from 1969-1973, before Roe v. Wade later made the procedure legal. 

The film will feature a cameo from Judith Arcana, a writer, activist and real life member of The Janes, who is contributing as a consultant. NYWIFT member Rachel Carey wrote and will direct the film, with members Cait Johnston starring and producing, and Caroline Hirsch producing. 

In 2016, the limited series Ask for Jane was one of three finalists in the New York Television Festival Works 4 Progress Initiative.



An article on Deadline quotes Cait Johnston: “So many of the lawmakers trying to restrict abortion access (today) have never even considered the disparate reasons why a woman might be driven to seek one . . . Ask For Jane beautifully depicts a few of their stories, and illustrates how vital it is to keep this procedure legal and safe." The same article refers to Caroline Hirsch, who characterizes Ask for Jane as "an incredibly impactful and timely story, that inspires us to act and protect. At a time when women still struggle for reproduction rights, we cannot wait to bring the actions of such a brave group of women and men to the screen as a reminder that we need to continue fighting.”

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To find out more about Ask For Jane, read about it on Deadline, and at Awesome Without Borders.

About the New Works Lab: 
Open to writers, directors and actors, the workshop was formed to give the writers positive critiques for their screenplays or plays for both shorts and full lengths. Scenes are staged by directors and read by actors during workshop meetings. Directors will work with actors and writers to present a more polished reading. At the end of the season the group will select the best short and full length works to present to an audience of industry professionals with the hope of getting the work produced. If interested, please contact Denise Rogers at denise2ro@yahoo.com.


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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