Goat Tree Productions

Goat Tree Productions Goat Tree Productions is a film production company committed to examining complex social issues through innovative storytelling.

Goat Tree Productions is a film production company composed of two young filmmakers/journalists, Zoe Hamilton and Anne Munger who are committed to examining complex social issues through innovative storytelling. Goat Tree utilizes both journalism and film to focus on social justice issues, the stories of women, and sharing the voices that don't get the attention they should. Goat Tree was founded in 2014, after Zoe and Anne completed their first short, "Nasbandi," which explored issues of female sterilization in rural India. The short premiered at the 2015 SR Film Festival in NYC, with additional screenings at the 2015 Middlebury New Filmmaker's Festival, the 2016 Culture Unplugged Film Festival, the London School of Economics, and Northwestern University. Zoe and Anne also wrote a series of accompanying articles while working on "Nasbandi," which have been published in Al Jazeera and Quartz. Goat Tree is currently in production for a feature-length documentary about reproductive justice in India.

We are *very* excited to announce that our short documentary “Small Family, Happy Family” will be premiering next we...
02/14/2019

We are *very* excited to announce that our short documentary “Small Family, Happy Family” will be premiering next week at @bigskydocfest! We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us along the way - our crowdfunding contributors, subjects, crew, friends and family. We couldn’t have done this without you!
The film is screening 2/23 @ 4:15pm at Big Sky for those who will be at the festival! We’ll be keeping y’all updated about future screenings as well.
#documentary #shortdocs #reproductivejustice #india

Check out this episode of the Femtastic Podcast for an update on the film!
11/07/2017

Check out this episode of the Femtastic Podcast for an update on the film!

New episode: "When Family Planning Means Sterilization"

Katie interviews Zoe Hamilton, a researcher and expert on India’s family planning policies, about the country’s complex relationship with female sterilization and reproductive justice. Zoe and co-director Anne Munger are working in Mumbai on a feature-length documentary called Sterilized, which examines the Indian government's use of sterilization as a means of family planning and population control. In the interview, Katie and Zoe discuss how India's controversial family planning policies affect the lives of women. They examine the political forces - in India and in our own countries - that lead women to have tenuous control over their bodies and choices.

You can watch the trailer for the film at GoatTreeProductions.com, or follow its progress on Facebook via Goat Tree Productions, Twitter @goattreegirls, or Instagram at @goattreeproductions.

To hear the episode, click the link below or head straight to Apple Podcasts, Overcast, SoundCloud, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

http://www.femtasticpodcast.com/post/19-when-family-planning-means-sterilization

That's a Wrap! We're back in the US after a great 4 months in India. New blog post up outlining what we've achieved, and...
04/25/2017

That's a Wrap! We're back in the US after a great 4 months in India. New blog post up outlining what we've achieved, and what's up next 👉 http://bit.ly/2q2vQOI
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#documentary #india #production

#TFW your interview subjects ... don't want to be interview subjects. New blog post up about community buy in and the ch...
03/30/2017

#TFW your interview subjects ... don't want to be interview subjects. New blog post up about community buy in and the challenges of building trust with potential characters. 👉 bit.ly/2nCcmRQ
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#development #blog #internationaldevelopment #india #documentary

03/14/2017

Meet Jitni Devi, whose experience at a 2012 sterilization camp left her with a miscarriage and permanent health problems. Her story is part of a legal battle that may change the way India approaches #reproductivehealth, and help women like her seek safe birth control in the future. #documentary #reprojustice

03/13/2017

Happy #Holi from Goat Tree! 🌈 Shot in 2014 in #Vrindavan, India. Full video: www.vimeo.com/108504769

Why Documentaries Matter Now More Than Ever (Guest Column)
02/16/2017
Why Documentaries Matter Now More Than Ever (Guest Column)

Why Documentaries Matter Now More Than Ever (Guest Column)

There is "urgent need for the stories of people’s real-world experiences," writes Simon Kilmurry, the executive director of the International Documentary Association, as this year's Oscar contenders tell stories that explore timely issues amid political churn and "alternative facts."

Meet Mitilesh, one of our inspiring subjects. A 23 year old prankster and mother of two, Mitilesh was sterilized last mo...
02/08/2017

Meet Mitilesh, one of our inspiring subjects. A 23 year old prankster and mother of two, Mitilesh was sterilized last month in a small town in Madhya Pradesh, India. We followed her before, during, and after her procedure. Can't wait to share her story - and so many other's - with you all in our upcoming documentary.
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#reproductiverights #reproductivejustice #india #documentary

Unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India. The global gag rule will make this worse...
02/07/2017
Women on Waves

Unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India. The global gag rule will make this worse...

Global gag rule: unsafe abortions kill one woman every two hours in India – Donald Trump will make this worse

"The Mexico City Policy blocks US funding for global health organisations who provide or give information about safe abortions.Abortion is legal in India, but in some areas, 80 per cent of women do not know this. Many take matters into their own hands instead, using untested herbal remedies or visiting backstreet clinics – one death every two hours is caused by unsafe abortion, research suggests. A “lack of information, stigma, and probably knowledge of a safe facility” stops Indian women, particularly in rural areas, from ending pregnancies without putting their lives in danger, said Vinoj Manning, head of global reproductive rights charity Ipas in India."

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/unsafe-abortions-kill-woman-india-two-hours-donald-trump-global-gag-rule-mexico-city-policy-foreign-a7559781.html

02/06/2017

You never have to look far to find a tailor in Delhi. 👕✂️
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#indiavignettes #delhidiaries #india #streetphotography

Spying beautiful morning vistas through the windows of Sheopur Fort 🙌 #madhyapradesh #incredibleindia #documentary #e...
02/01/2017

Spying beautiful morning vistas through the windows of Sheopur Fort 🙌

#madhyapradesh #incredibleindia #documentary #exploration #shoepur #travelgram #travel #wanderlust #travelphotography

🎞 some musings on #documentary filmmaking and its relationship to reality  up on the blog today 👉 bit.ly/2kiCwbA
01/30/2017

🎞 some musings on #documentary filmmaking and its relationship to reality up on the blog today 👉 bit.ly/2kiCwbA

Just another day in the field, digging up mutant carrots ... #production #produce 👽🥕
01/18/2017

Just another day in the field, digging up mutant carrots ... #production #produce 👽🥕

We wanted to take a moment to thank MyArk Foundation for their generous support over the past few months. A small privat...
01/01/2017
Home | MyArk Foundation

We wanted to take a moment to thank MyArk Foundation for their generous support over the past few months. A small private foundation in the US, MyArk has been instrumental in financially supporting our production here in India. Thanks, MyArk!

Merry Christmas Eve from rural Madhya Pradesh, where we've made the local news ... 🙈
12/24/2016

Merry Christmas Eve from rural Madhya Pradesh, where we've made the local news ... 🙈

Derps on a bus 🤓#ontheroad #travel #documentary #delhi
12/22/2016

Derps on a bus 🤓

#ontheroad #travel #documentary #delhi

Both Directors are now in India! Check out our new blog and join us as we take off into production. Our first official s...
12/15/2016
Welcome Aboard

Both Directors are now in India!

Check out our new blog and join us as we take off into production. Our first official shoot day is tomorrow!

Hello and welcome to the newly minted Goat Tree Productions blog. After a long 10-month take-off period, we have now reached cruising altitude. Co-pilots Anne Munger and Zoe Hamilton have safely arrived in the Indiasphere where they will remain for roughly five months, steering this adventure. We t...

Women's Media Center
12/07/2016
Women's Media Center

Women's Media Center

"We’re living in a moment right now where media has to fundamentally rethink its position vis-a-vis power...Just as there were moments when the Washington Post or The New York Times or the Times of London during World War II had a huge mission, we, too, have a huge mission. And that is to listen, to report, to tell stories, to seek out the stories and voices that aren’t being heard, even ones that might feel uncomfortable to us."

Congratulations to Lydia Polgreen, NYT Global's editorial director who will now succeed Arianna Huffington as Huffington Post's editor-in-chief!

Zoe made it to Delhi! We are also excited to introduce you to  our producer Tanya. She will be helping us throughout the...
12/06/2016

Zoe made it to Delhi! We are also excited to introduce you to our producer Tanya. She will be helping us throughout the filming process.

We are so excited to start this adventure and we'll keep you updated as we go. Thank you to everyone for your support in getting us this far!

Guess what?! We just booked our plane tickets to India! Now that we are about to take the leap, Anne wrote a piece about...
10/25/2016
The Nerveracking Commitment of Making Your First Film

Guess what?! We just booked our plane tickets to India!

Now that we are about to take the leap, Anne wrote a piece about the nerve-racking risk of making our first feature length documentary!

Making your first feature documentary is a bizarre, uncomfortable, and yet exhilarating endeavor. Because it is my first, I by definition have no idea wh...

LSE South Asia Centre and LSE Library let us come by to spend an evening sifting through their archives last night. Chec...
10/11/2016

LSE South Asia Centre and LSE Library let us come by to spend an evening sifting through their archives last night.

Check this out! It's a real life letter from Mahatma Gandhi about his views on birth control. He was writing to a British campaigner (who advocated the introduction of modern contraception in India) to say while he agreed with the need for birth control, he felt abstinence was the solution. This was before India introduced a formal family planning program. Fascinating!! Plus getting to touch a piece of history, just amazing! Thanks again LSE!!

And that's a wrap! THANKS SO MUCH everyone for helping us raise $19,420!! That's 129% of our original goal! We're so exc...
10/05/2016
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And that's a wrap! THANKS SO MUCH everyone for helping us raise $19,420!! That's 129% of our original goal!

We're so excited to start production. We'll keep you updated here and on our twitter (@goattreegirls). Stay tuned as the adventure begins. Thanks again!!

Just *17 HOURS* left to donate to our crowdfunding campaign! Help us hit $20k to make a groundbreaking documentary about...
10/04/2016
Nasbandi: a doc about sterilization in India

Just *17 HOURS* left to donate to our crowdfunding campaign! Help us hit $20k to make a groundbreaking documentary about reproductive rights in India! We're just $1,035 away from our stretch goal.

Nasbandi is a feature documentary about female sterilization and reproductive rights in India. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

10/04/2016
Funny Goats Screaming like Humans

We wanted to say thanks to some more of our Indiegogo supporters -- your donations made us SO happy we just want to scream and shout!

Megan Erickson Clement Bbn Connor Larkin Cat Snider Thomas Bannetel Liz Briggs Emily Fry Jackie Donohoe Susanna Statton, Vinit, Korie Faris, Patricia Anderson, Ifé Duckie

Want more? Check out the website: http://www.ydl.dk SUBSCRIBE: http://youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=chrill22 GOOGLE+: http://goo.gl/jhfHbo FACEBOO...

Less than 3 days left to donate to our crowdfunding campaign!! Help us reach $20,000!! https://igg.me/at/nasbandiAre you...
10/02/2016
How To Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign (To Finance your Dream)

Less than 3 days left to donate to our crowdfunding campaign!! Help us reach $20,000!! https://igg.me/at/nasbandi

Are you curious how we got this far? We wrote a piece for Huffington Post about our process. Big shout out to you lovely people in here ;)

I am making a documentary. In India. And I have zero money. And I mean really zero -- I work at a small NGO in one of the most expensive cities in the wh...

Want to learn more about the new contraceptive being introduced in India?Advocates argue DMPA will offer women more choi...
09/29/2016
Rhetoric vs reality: Contraception in India and the DMPA debate

Want to learn more about the new contraceptive being introduced in India?

Advocates argue DMPA will offer women more choice, but the drug has long been controversial in India. DMPA has been accused of posing dangerous health risks. Read more here in the blog we wrote for the LSE South Asia Centre

Zoe Hamilton and Anne Munger are currently working on a film documentary about India’s family planning policy. Building on a short documentary they made in 2014, Zoe and Anne plan to return to Indi…

09/26/2016
We reached 15k!

We reached our crowdfunding goal! Thank you to everyone that donated -- we're excited to now OFFICIALLY be making a really great film. But the campaign isn't over! Can we get to $20k?? More money means we can film in more locations and make the doc as comprehensive and wide-reaching as possible. Continue to share the campaign with friends and family!

https://igg.me/at/nasbandi

We've been featured as one of Women and Hollywood's top crowdfunding picks for September! AND we've broken $13k on Indie...
09/23/2016
Strong Women, Both Real and Fictional: September 2016’s Crowdfunding Picks

We've been featured as one of Women and Hollywood's top crowdfunding picks for September! AND we've broken $13k on Indiegogo -- we're so close to $15k. Help us get there this weekend!

As the theme song to Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” says, “females are strong as hell.” This month’s crowdfunding picks highlight…

Want to learn more about how we started this project? Check out Anne's piece in The Huffington Post about how the realit...
09/23/2016
How The Reality Of Reproductive Rights In India Inspired My First Film

Want to learn more about how we started this project? Check out Anne's piece in The Huffington Post about how the reality of reproductive rights in India inspired our first feature length documentary.

Making “the jump” almost always means making a series of jumps; a series of cascading, increasingly bigger hops until you’re finally off the ledge. Over ...

So we have a few shout-outs owed through our perks for the campaign that have been especially requested through Facebook...
09/22/2016

So we have a few shout-outs owed through our perks for the campaign that have been especially requested through Facebook. So here's to you Ben Santucci and Jack Naughton!

Thank you for your donations!! Here's a photo showing how happy you've made us.

Big news!! Last week India's Supreme Court ruled to close the mass sterilization camps that have defined population poli...
09/22/2016
What’s next for India’s population policies?

Big news!! Last week India's Supreme Court ruled to close the mass sterilization camps that have defined population policies for decades. This is HUGE and we published an article about the implications.

The Court pointed to the need for India to better ensure policies are human rights focused. But will the ruling go far enough? That's yet to be seen.

That's why this documentary is SO important. As India goes through this fundamental shift in policy, we want to be there to document it and to show what women feel about these new policies.

A Landmark ruling last week means mass sterilization camps will end. But what’s next for family planning in India? In the world’s largest democ...

And our page is officially launched! You can follow along for updates on our projects.Currently we're fundraisi...
09/22/2016
Nasbandi: a doc about sterilization in India

And our page is officially launched! You can follow along for updates on our projects.

Currently we're fundraising for a documentary about reproductive health in India! You can check out the campaign here:

Nasbandi is a feature documentary about female sterilization and reproductive rights in India. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

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09/17/2016

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09/17/2016

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