A Little House In Aberdeen

A woman reflects on her past and wonders about her future - while she happens to be having an abortion. This is a story about a person apart from the procedure, as captured during her abortion, casually, vulnerably, and in real time.

Like many of the people who have abortions, Britney’s life does not revolve around this event. Rather, "A Little House In Aberdeen" discusses the luck, circumstances, and regrets that have built all of our lives, and how everything, so easily, could have been different.

  • Emily Goss
    Director
  • Emily Goss
    Writer
  • Emily Goss
    Producer
    Healed, Finding No One
  • Shayan Ebrahim
    Producer
    Foreign, Life Support, The Drop Box, The Dating Project
  • Emily Goss
    Key Cast
    "Britney"
    The House On Pine Street, Snapshots, Shook, Criminal Minds, L.A.'s Finest, Castle, Future Man, Season of Love, Jane & Emma
  • Laur Allen
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Randall"
    The Young and The Restless, Season of Love, Christmas at the Ranch
  • David Y. Chung - Director of Photography
    Key Crew
    Season of Love, Christmas at the Ranch
  • Shayan Ebrahim - Editor
    Key Crew
    Foreign, Life Support, The Drop Box, The Dating Project
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 54 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 18, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.89:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Emily Goss

Emily Goss received her BA in Theatre from USC's School of Dramatic Art and MA in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Her feature film credits include "Shook," "Jane and Emma," "Season of Love," "The House on Pine Street" (winner of 3 Best Actress awards), and "Snapshots" (winner of 4 Best Actress awards). Her television credits include guest stars on Criminal Minds, L.A.'s Finest, Castle, and Future Man. She has also performed in prominent regional theatres across Southern California and is a proud member of Anteaus Theatre Company.

She is currently producing and acting in an upcoming feature film, a queer psychological thriller with a strong social justice theme.

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Director Statement

Sometimes an abortion is not a big deal.

Growing up, I never felt like my biological ability to bear children could stand in the way of my dreams or my survival. But then I lived in the world a bit longer.

I deeply believe in the power of film to effect social change. I hope "A Little House In Aberdeen" can bring everyone to the table, and educate rather than alienate by focusing on what we all have in common. This is a relatable, casual, intimate story that focuses on the person rather than the procedure.

Despite the stigma and ever-increasing bans, 1 in 4 women in the United States will have an abortion, in addition to the trans and nonbinary people who will have them. Multiple people in every audience at every film festival have had abortions. But that is not the reality we see reflected in film and television. We need more abortion stories. And "A Little House In Aberdeen" is a missing piece in the narrative: this abortion is not traumatic, fraught, or even that hard.

A typical in-clinic abortion is 5-10 minutes. “A Little House In Aberdeen,” at just under 7, bears witness to the patient's journey and the procedure from beginning to end. I keep the audience in the room, without a cut for breath, to demystify and destigmatize: yep, it really is that simple.

Thoughtful onscreen representation can reduce stigma, which can reduce criminalization. Stories that reflect the reality of abortion can pave the way for policies that protect the reproductive rights of all people.