An NYU Thesis Film by Amelia Xanthe Boscov
A pregnant high schooler is forced to go on a road trip with her lesbian mom in order to get an abortion at the nearest women’s health clinic.
The idea for “Tripping” first came to me while watching a feature about a woman who has to travel out of state to get an abortion. The film was incredibly heavy and depressing. I couldn’t help but think it doesn’t have to be like this. Every film about abortion does not have to be a tragedy. What if traveling due to the lack of women’s health clinics wasn’t a low point in the character’s life, but instead a comedic road trip? The Covid-19 pandemic has only confirmed that access to safe abortions is constantly under attack. As lawmakers have been trying to slip in anti-abortion laws to other laws being passed to protect us during this crisis.
I’m tired of abortion being a dirty word. While starting to make Tripping, I keep repeating that “it’s important to show the things and say the things.” This film won’t shy away from showing a fetus, from saying the word abortion, from showing queer relationships -- the things your high school health class should have done. That being said, the abortion is just one thing that happens in Tripping. The abortion is the launchpad for an exploration of friendship, romance, and personal growth.