In 2008, eighteen high school girls from Gloucester, Massachusetts were accused of making a pact to become pregnant. The mainstream media perpetuated and sensationalized the story, with reporters flying in from as far away as Australia, the UK, and Brazil. The Gloucester 18 looks behind all the headlines and hype to tell the real stories of these girls, and in the process puts a human face on a startling statistic: that the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world.
The filmmakers draw on interviews with the girls, their families, high school counselors, physicians, and media personalities to unpack what really happened, and explore the complicated emotional and practical challenges faced by teens on the brink of motherhood. An excellent resource for high school health classes, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and courses in psychology, adolescent development, public health, and education.
Director: John Michael Williams
Producer: Kristen Grieco Executive
Producer: John Michael Williams
Associate Producer: Joseph Provenzano
Editors: Christo Tsiaras & Joseph Provenzano
Story: Kristen Grieco & John Michael Williams
Production Crew: Glen Chalek
Consultants: Frank Drucker, Jennifer Hefferman & Jacqeline Williams
Director of Photography: Donald McIntosh, Edward Marcotti & Brian Dowley
Second Unit Camera Operators: Joe Christofori, Martin Albert, Thomas Danielczik & Joseph Vitagliano Original
Music: John Michael Williams & Stuart Kollmorgen
Sound Design: Big Yello Duck
Sound Mixer: John Osborne, Fred Burnham, Steve Bores, Mario Cardenas, Frank DeAngelis Music: John Gerard, Beyonce, SOLANGE, Killer Tracks Archival Research: Kristen Grieco