THE LAST CLINIC follows the journey of two Mississippi women in need of reproductive health services caught in the battle over access to care. While some people are determined to end abortion in the state, others are working hard to keep Mississippi's only remaining abortion clinic open.
Mississippi is one of five states with a sole abortion clinic, but a pending lawsuit threatens to shutter the facility.If this clinic closes, women in Mississippi will no longer have access to a legal abortion in the state. This new law could set a precedent for other states to follow. The story is now. If Mississippi's last clinic closes, will yours?
How Can You Get Involved?
WHERE DO YOU COME IN? We need your help to finish the film! So far, we’ve funded this film with limited resources.
To continue working on this film, we've slept in stranger's houses (all of whom have become great friends), Maisie has kept her car in Mississippi so we have low cost transportation, and we’ve paid out of pocket for each flight to Jackson. Now, we can’t finish this film without you!
HOW CAN YOU HELP? On the right, you'll see pledge levels with corresponding rewards. We are very excited about our give-to-give campaign with Sir Richard's Condom Company.
For every dollar raised, up to $250,000, Sir Richard's Condom Company has offered to donate one condom to the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation in Mississippi to encourage safe sex and provide condoms to people who need them. Give $100 and 100 condoms will go to promoting safe sex at the local level.
Feels good to help out two causes with one contribution, doesn't it?
Your donation is tax deductible! The Last Clinic is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Last Clinic are payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax deductible less the value of any goods or services received, as allowed by law. If you would like to deduct the entire donation you have the option to simply decline the reward at check out.
WHAT WILL YOUR DONATION HELP WITH? You will help us get this film to the next step.
Final Stages of Production - With the film 75% shot, we need your help to get us to the end of our production phase so we can begin editing. We still need to shoot the court hearing and follow April through her birth.
Begin Editing - Shooting the film is only half of the process. Once we finish shooting, we need to start editing the film.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
- Finish Editing - Editing takes time and money. We aim to raise enough money through this campaign to begin the editing process, but we hope we can exceed our goal so that we can raise enough money to finish the process!
- Sound Mixing - It’s essential that this film sounds great. The film needs to be professionally mixed for theatrical, online and DVD viewing.
- Color correction - This can only be done by a specialized post-production studio.
Perks, Perks, Perks...
Donate to our project and we'll gift you in return. It's a win win situation!
Tote bag and Poster
Prints from the Film
Photographic Prints from the Team
World Press Winning Image, 2004 - Shaul Schwarz
From the Series, "Love Me" - Maisie Crow
From the Series, "Return to A Native" - Christina Clusiau
APRIL. April, 24, is a single mother of 4 young children. She is currently pregnant with her fifth child. When she was 16 she drank a cup of clorox to self abort. Since then, the Pregnancy Resource Center in Jackson, MS has helped April in her decision making to keep each subsequent pregnancy. Due to her lack of resources, April often turns to the Center for Pregnancy Choices for support. Most recently, the center has helped set April up with a counselor. The CPC offers services for low income women and encourages them to join the “Mommy and Me” parenting classes offering Christian-based education.
MIRIAM. Miriam, 21, grew up in a household where abortion was immoral and sex was never discussed. After growing up with the understanding that abortion was wrong, Miriam was faced with one herself. Three months later, she was pregnant for a second time. Miriam goes through with the second abortion. While she is appreciative that she had the option, she is disappointed in herself. Miriam knows knows she must become educated on safe sex practices. She is currently in college and working two minimum wage jobs to support herself.
SHANNON BREWER-ANDERSON - Clinic Director. Shannon is the director of the Jackson Women's Health Organization, a clinic that offers family planning services including: pregnancy testing, contraceptive counseling, and abortion services. She knows the stories of young women like April and Miriam all too well. A single mother herself, Shannon once tried to access abortion care but was denied because she was too far along. She sympathizes with the women who walk through her door and is often exasperated by Pro-Life supporters who gather outside the clinic daily.
DR. WILLIE PARKER - Clinic Physician. Dr. Parker, a board certified OB-GYN, flies to Mississippi monthly to provide abortion care at Jackson Women's Health Organization. A black man born in the south, Parker feels like it is his duty to work at the clinic and provide low-income women with accurate information as well as access to care they could not receive elsewhere. He is part of the suit filed against the 2012 state law requiring admitting privileges at the clinic.
BARBARA BEAVERS - The Center for Pregnancy Choices. Barbara Beavers has run the Center for Pregnancy Choices, a crisis pregnancy center, in Jackson, Mississippi since the 1990s. She joined the Pro-Life Movement when she married her husband, an ardent pro-lifer. She is passionate about the women she is serving and the children she feels she is saving. This center offers free sonogram videos and pregnancy tests to its clients while eagerly encouraging them to keep the child. It also offers abstinence-only counseling services.
TERRI HERRING - Pro-Life Lobbyist. Mississippi’s Pro-Life Movement has successfully sponsored laws that have forced the closure of 13 abortion clinics, now only one remains. When Terri was 25, she was approached by Pro-Life Mississippi to lobby at the State Capitol. The organization's strategy was to encourage young mothers to appeal to politicians in an effort to pass laws that would restrict access to abortion in the state. Terri, now 42, continues to lobby for the Pro-Life Movement to this day. Most recently, she helped usher in the admitting privileges law which threatens the clinic’s closure.
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Maisie Crow - Director - @maisiecrow
Maisie Crow grew up in South Texas. She is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, New York. Maisie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, studied as a graduate student at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and interned at MediaStorm and The Boston Globe. In 2012, her short film, Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now, won the Overseas Press Club Award for online video and was recognized by the World Press Photo Multimedia Contest, Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism and the Lumix Fotofestival. In 2010 her multimedia project, A Life Alone, was nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy and recognized in Best of Photojournalism. She attended the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Ian Parry Scholarship and the Pierre and Alexandra Boulat Grant for her photography project, Love Me. Her work has been screened at Look3, the Lumix Festival for young photojournalism and the New York Photo Festival. Maisie is a member of Razon, a collective of documentary photographers. She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
Christina Clusiau - Co-Director - @cclusiau
Christina is an independent photographer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from northern Minnesota, Christina relocated to NY to pursue a photography career after working as a human rights educator. in 2007, she attended the International Center of Photography and went on to work as a national picture editor at TIME.com. Christina's first short film was commissioned by TIME.com's film division, and she has shot for a variety of other clients including Wall Street Journal, Real Simple and the Johnson & Johnson Foundation. Christina has been an artist in Residence at Chunches De Mar in Costa Rica and an Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellow.
Shaul is an Israeli documentary film producer, director, cinematographer, award wining photographer, and founder of Reel Peak Films. His debut feature length documentary "Narco Cultura" premiered at Sundance in 2013. It screened at film festivals worldwide including The Berlin International Film Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival. He has shot and directed content for TNT, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, and CNN. He is also a regular photographic contributor to TIME Magazine and National Geographic Magazine. Schwarz along with Reel Peak Films is based out of Brooklyn New York and is currently producing short film content for online publications and developing feature length documentaries.
On June 27, 2012, I read an article on a Jezebel.com blog post about a law that was threatening to shut down Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), Mississippi's last abortion clinic. It was story I had to tell about something that affects me, in fact, it is an issue that affects all of us. One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, and nearly half of all pregnancies are unintended. If you are a woman or have any women in your life, this is an issue that affects you.
In July 2013, filmmaker Christina Clusiau, joined me to work on the project. Together we have had the ability to extend our reach and capture the story from both sides. On my first trip to Mississippi, I was met with hesitance. I was told that no one would talk to me. Now, a year and a half later, we have developed strong relationships with people on both sides of the issue. Most importantly — the stories of two young women faced with unintended pregnancies and the choices they’ve made.
THE LAST CLINIC aims to weave the human narrative of six characters with the fight over abortion in the state. It will push beyond the all too familiar argument of whether or not abortion is right or wrong and explore the ramifications of limiting access to sex education and reproductive healthcare.____________________________________________________________________________________