ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA, a new short documentary by Philadelphia filmmakers Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Mike Attie, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films by the American Film Institute at the AFI DOCS 2020 Film Festival. The jury said of ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA: “For its simple yet profound approach to a polarizing issue, we have selected a film which puts humanity ahead of an agenda.” The Shorts Grand Jury Prize at AFI Docs is a qualifying award for Academy Award®eligibility.ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festivalafter premiering at the 2019 Philadelphia Film Festival. The 13-minute documentary shorthas also shown at DOC NYC, Full Frame and many other festivals. The film focuses on an abortion helpline in Philadelphia, where counselors arrive each morning to the nonstop ringing of calls from women and teens who are seeking to end a pregnancy but can’t afford to. Abortion Helpline, This is Lisa gives voice to individuals affected by discriminatory policies like the Hyde Amendment and shows how economic stigma and cruel legislation determines who in America has access to abortion. ABORTION HELPLINE, THIS IS LISA is the first collaboration for Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater and Mike Attie. Barbara and Janet’s award-winning feature documentaries includethe EMMY®nominatedBaddDDD Sonia Sanchez, Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter, Rosita, Maggie Growls, Landowska: Uncommon Visionary,and Motherless: A Legacy of Loss from Illegal Abortion. Mike Attieis an assistant professor at the University of the Artsand director of the film major program,and a 2014 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow.His feature documentary, In Country,received extensive press including a NYTimes Op-Docand articles in Salonand The Atlantic. His 2019 short, Moment to Moment premiered at Full Frame and won jury awards at IFFBoston and San Francisco DocFest.Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater’s collaborative work will be featured in a retrospective hosted by Scribe Video in fall 2020.
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