Private Project

Ask For Jane

Based on real events, Ask for Jane tells the story of a group of young college women who developed an underground abortion network that helped over 11,000 women get illegal abortions in Chicago between 1969 and 1973.

  • Rachel Carey
    Director
  • Rachel Carey
    Writer
  • Cait Johnston
    Producer
  • Josh Folan
    Producer
  • Caroline Hirsch
    Producer
  • Cody Horn
    Key Cast
    “Janice”
  • Cait Cortelyou
    Key Cast
    “Rose”
  • Sarah Ramos
    Key Cast
    “Maggie”
  • Sarah Steele
    Key Cast
    “Donna”
  • Chloe Levine
    Key Cast
    “Barb”
  • Ben Rappaport
    Key Cast
    “Bill”
  • Alison Wright
    Key Cast
    “Ada”
  • Sophie von Haselberg
    Key Cast
    “Joyce”
  • Margot White
    Key Cast
    “Harriet”
  • Michael Rabe
    Key Cast
    “Charlie”
  • Phil Burke
    Key Cast
    “Gary”
  • Saycon Sengbloh
    Key Cast
    “Roberta”
  • Lilly Englert
    Key Cast
    “Patty”
  • Alice Kremelberg
    Key Cast
    “Young Woman”
  • Danny Flaherty
    Key Cast
    “Tim”
  • Cathleen Ihasz
    Executive Producers
  • Nicole Ihasz
    Executive Producers
  • Eve Battaglia
    Casting Director
  • Caitlin Machak
    Cinematographer
  • Ulysses Guidotti
    Editor
  • Two Twenty Two
    Composer
  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 48 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Film Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
    Montauk, NY
    United States
    October 7, 2018
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Napa Valley Film Festival
    Napa, CA
    United States
    November 14, 2018
    West Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Lone Star Film Festival
    Fort Worth, TX
    United States
    November 14, 2018
    Texas Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Woodstock Film Festival
    Woodstock, NY
    United States
    October 13, 2018
    Official Selection
  • La Femme Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 11, 2018
    Official Selection
  • San Francisco IndieFest
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    February 3, 2019
  • St. Louis International Film Festival
    St. Louis, Missouri
    United States
    November 11, 2018
    Missouri Premiere
  • Big Apple Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    February 7, 2019
    New York City
    Best Feature Film Award
  • Athena Film Festival
    New York, New York
    United States
    March 2, 2019
  • Fargo Film Festival
    Fargo, North Dakota
    United States
    North Dakota
  • Omaha Film Festival
    Omaha, Nebraska
    United States
    March 9, 2019
    Nebraska
    Audience Award
  • Beverly Hills Film Festival
    Beverly Hills, CA
    United States
    April 5, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Rachel Carey

Rachel Carey is a writer and filmmaker based in New York City. Recent projects as writer/director include the 1-hour tv pilot "Takers," which won an award for Best Actress at Seriesfest in 2016 and continues to play at festivals nationwide, including the 2017 Hoboken International Film Festival, where it was nominated for "Best Television Pilot." She has directed several short films and music videos that have won multiple awards, and her novel Debt was optioned to be turned into a tv series for ABC Family by Calamity Jane, Ellen Pompeo's production company. She has an MFA in film directing from NYU and is a member of NYWIFT.

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Director Statement

There are certain stories that demand to be told. The true story of the “Jane Collective” is one of those stories. The group that became the “Janes” started with a single woman in her University of Chicago dorm room in the mid-60s quietly providing the phone number of a reliable abortion doctor to anyone who asked for it. The organization grew into a group of women who operated like a spy network, using blindfolds and code names and secret locations to help over 11,000 women receive safe, illegal abortions in Chicago in the years 1969-1973. They even learned to perform abortions themselves.

When actor/producer Cait Cortelyou asked me to write the screenplay for a fictionalized version of the Janes’ story, my first thought was: “How have I never heard about this before?” Their story was astonishing: exciting, dramatic, and – a rarity among pre-Roe-v-Wade narratives– hopeful rather than depressing. Since committing to work on the project, I have been on a wonderful journey. We raised a$250,000 budget almost entirely from female donors. A real member of Jane, Judith Arcana, got in touch with us and ended up coming on board as a consulting producer (and now has a cameo in the film). We hired a female-led crew (female dp, production designer, costume designer, and composer) to help us bring the story to life, and we put together a phenomenal cast, including Emmy-nominee Alison Wright, Tony-nominee Saycon Sengbloh, Cody Horn, Sarah Steele, Sarah Ramos and Ben Rappaport, all of whom worked for next to nothing to help create this film. This project has been an extraordinary gift for me as a first-time feature writer/director. But it’s become more than that: it’s become a mission for all of us. Right now, when abortion rights are being rolled back across the country, we have the opportunity to remind people of what is possible -- and what could become necessary again. We think this story can change the debate about abortion access by showing not only the negative consequences of making abortion illegal, but what women are capable of doing for themselves.

I am honored to be a small part of the story of the “Janes.” My hope is that we can move audiences with the lessons of the past -- and hopefully have an effect on the future.

Rachel Carey