Jenna Gets an Abortion

In the not-so-distant future, a fiercely independent woman recruits the one-night-stand who got her pregnant for a cross country trip to get an abortion in one of the few remaining states that allows them.

  • Jonothon Mitchell
  • Madison Hatfield
  • Jonothon Mitchell
  • Hannah Pniewski
  • Madison Hatfield
    Key Cast
    "Jenna Bennett"
  • Michael Reagan
    Key Cast
    "Hank Carter"
  • Hannah Alline
    Key Cast
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    25 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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Director Biography - Jonothon Mitchell

Jono Mitchell is an independent filmmaker and actor best known for his work with Adult Swim’s digital programs Dear Jono and Stupid Morning Bullshit. In addition to showrunning, his work includes production of nearly 30 short films, three webseries, and the award-winning feature film Pageant Material. Working alongside incredible Atlanta talent, Jono has expertly crafted an empathetic style of filmmaking that challenges the viewer to explore the complexities of stories often relegated to two-dimensionality in mainstream media. By creating characters with specific, strong, and diverse emotional perspectives, Mitchell works to foster opportunities for audiences to better understand and connect to underrepresented voices in film.

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Director Statement

The day Brian Kemp signed the six-week abortion ban into law will go down as one of the darkest days in our state’s history. The sudden and unjust ripping of autonomy out from under the women of Georgia left so many of my loved ones feeling more vulnerable than I have ever seen them. And as I talked to them about what had happened, I realized that where I expected to find anger, I instead found hopelessness. We were all drowning in it and didn’t know how to come up for air.

It was then that Georgia filmmaker Molly Coffee told me, “We are all doing the best we can from our own little corner of the world.” So I went to my friend and collaborator Madison Hatfield and said we should do what we do best: make art and raise hell. Jenna Gets an Abortion is a direct result of that call to action. This film pulled Madison and I out of a deep sadness, and as the hopelessness slipped out, the anger and drive that we needed slipped in. Helping Madison write her way through a terrible future, oddly enough, helped us both face a bleak present. And it gave us hope.

Madison and I want to share this film that is funny and dark and devastating and hopeful with people who, like many women, are working their way out of the hurt inflicted by the recent abortion bans. In facing down the nightmare that’s coming, we not only prepare ourselves for what’s possible but we also have a point of connection with other people who are experiencing a similar pain. This film will not end the abortion debate and it will not fix our broken systems. But it will make people laugh, it will make people feel seen, and it will make people feel better.

We can do that. And it is worth doing. Right here, from own little corner of the world.