Made in Boise

Meet four women who carry babies for parents who can’t carry their own in the unlikely surrogacy capital of America—Boise, Idaho.

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Producer/Director

Beth Aala

Beth Aala is a three-time Emmy award-winning producer and recipient of a Peabody Award for her documentary work at HBO. Beth’s most recent feature documentary, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (Sundance, 2017), which she co-directed and produced. Beth was nominated for the 2015 News and Documentary Emmy Awards for her film, Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Show more (Toronto International Film Festival, 2013), which she directed and produced with Mike Myers. It won the 2014 Hollywood Film Award for best documentary. Her directorial debut, Pool Party is the untold story of McCarren Pool turned music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, featuring music and performances by the Beastie Boys, The Breeders, M.I.A, Sharon Jones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo. It played in festivals around the world. Show less

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Producer

Beth Levison

Beth Levison is an Emmy and Peabody-winning producer/director based in NYC. Her most recent film Personal Statement had its world premiere as the opening night film at the 2018 AFI DOCS film festival; it is slated for its national PBS premiere in October 2018. Prior to that, Levison produced 32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide, about director Hope Litoff’s Show more efforts to come to terms with the mental illness and suicide of her sister, artist, and photographer Ruth Litoff; it premiered at Hot Docs and was broadcast on HBO (2017). Levison’s previous independent projects include The Trials of Spring (2015) and her independent directorial/producing debut Lemon (2011), both broadcast on PBS. Levison is producing faculty with the MFA program in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), a co-founder of the Doc Producers Alliance (DPA), founder of Hazel Pictures, and mom to boys Ben and Gabe. Show less

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The Film

Made In Boise introduces audiences to the unique world of surrogacy in the most unexpected of places. As the number of surrogate births surges across the country, the surprising epicenter of the movement is Boise, Idaho, where hundreds of women are choosing to be surrogates. For women who struggle with infertility, gay couples, and single men, this booming yet unregulated industry is often the last resort to become a parent. The film intimately follows four surrogates, and the parents whose children they carry, as they navigate the rigors of pregnancy and the mixed feelings of their own families, who struggle to understand their choice to risk the physical and emotional complications of carrying babies for someone else.

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