Gloucester 18, The
The Realities of Teen Pregnancy
When news spread in 2008 that eighteen high school girls from Gloucester, Massachusetts, had made a pact with one another to become pregnant, it touched off an international firestorm. But in the tabloid-driven frenzy of moral outrage and speculation that followed, the real story went missing. The Gloucester 18
tells that story. Drawing on interviews with the girls involved, high school counselors, health experts, and doctors, the film puts a human face on a stunning fact: that the U.S. has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. An excellent resource for high school health classes, teen pregnancy prevention programs, and courses in psychology, public health, and media studies.
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
JOHN MICHAEL WILLIAMS | Executive Producer and Director
John is a writer, director, composer, and children's book author who wrote the screenplay, lyrics and music to The Easter Egg Escapade
, an animated 88-minute feature he directed, starring Brooke Shields, James Woods, and Natalie Cole. Based on a children's book he wrote, the film won the "Best Music in a Film" award at the Jackson Hole Film Festival, "Best Animated Film" at the Idaho film festival, Spudfest, and honors at the Hollywood Film Festival. John has performed on the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon and NBC's Halloween on Ice,
which he wrote. Most recently, John directed the Guatemalan documentary film No Money For Butter,
for which he also composed the score.
FRANK DRUCKER | Executive Producer
Frank Drucker has been producing and directing for 21 years in both New York and Los Angeles. His film credits include producer of The Easter Egg Escapade,
and as special effects coordinator on Star Trek V, Little Shop of Horrors, The Chair,
and Doug's First Movie.
His television experience includes producer of Martha Stewart Living
for CBS, director/producer of Video Mods
on MTV2, producer on Sesame Street
and as a producer on a variety of shows for HBO and Disney Channel. In addition to producing dozens of music videos and several hundred commercials, Frank has been Executive Producer/Head of Production for major studios Klasky Csupo in Los Angeles and Curious Pictures in New York.
KRISTEN GRIECO | Producer/Story
Kristen, a former reporter for the Gloucester Daily Times
, first broke the news of something strange going on with the Gloucester High teen pregnancy rate in March 2008, when only 10 girls were pregnant and rumors were surfacing of a clique becoming pregnant on purpose. She is originally from the Boston area and has an M.S. in Journalism from Boston University.
JOSEPH PROVENZANO | Associate Producer/Story
Joseph is a Boston-based screenwriter, director and producer. He has written five feature film screenplays and produced and directed dozens of short films. Shortly after graduating from Emerson College, he directed his debut feature film, Night Sounds,
which he also produced and co-wrote. Night Sounds
won rave reviews at Massachusetts film festivals, and he is currently working on the follow-up to his directorial debut.
Cape Ann Film Festival 2010
THE GLOUCESTER 18: TEEN MOMS CHOOSE ROUGH ROAD (4 STARS)
M. Abby Joseph | Examiner.com | October 5, 2011
DID RACE FUEL THE GLOUCESTER HIGH SCHOOL PREGNANCY MEDIA FRENZY?
Gail McCarthy | The Gloucester Daily Times
| March 6, 2010
EDITORIAL: LATEST PREGNANCY PACT FILM DESERVES TO BE SEEN
The Gloucester Daily Times
| March 5, 2010
PANEL DISCUSSES GLOUCESTER PREGNANCY UPROAR AT PREMIER OF DOCUMENTARY
Annette Montalvo | Boston.com | March 5, 2010
TWO YEARS AFTER, 'THE GLOUCESTER 18' REINVESTIGATES THE PREGNANCY PACT
WBUR's Morning Edition | March 4, 2010
THE O'REILLY FACTOR, CULTURE WARRIORS
March 4, 2010
REVISITING 'THE GLOUCESTER 18'
Gail McCarthy | Gloucester Daily Times
| March 1, 2010
NO PICNIC FOR TEEN MOTHERS
Yvonne Abraham | The Boston Globe
| February 28, 2010
THE GLOUCESTER 18: NEW DOCUMENTARY
Fox 25 Morning News | February 23, 2010
GREATER BOSTON WITH EMILY ROONEY
WGBH | January 28, 2010
PREGNANCY PACT: FACT OR FICTION?
NECN | January 25, 2010
Praise for the Film
"We were universally moved. The power of the individual stories, set in the broader context of their lives, and in the larger story of adolescent sexuality and parenting,
stayed with us all for days following the viewing. What happened in Gloucester means
something about how we as a society understand young people and their intentions,
and how we frame teen pregnancy overall. Your film provides a platform for unearthing the complexities of teen sex, pregnancy, and parenting. I have been working to address teen
pregnancy for more than 15 years, and I doubt I could have done a better job of telling
the story of who teen parents are."
- Patricia Quinn | Executive Director of Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
"One of the nation's great success stories of the past two decades has been the
extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing. The recent, alarming
turnaround in the teen birth rate, however, is a stark reminder that our collective efforts
on this front are far from over. The Gloucester 18
is a sober, engaging, and thoughtful
reminder that road ahead will not be easy. The documentary makes clear that
adolescence pregnancy is a complex problem -- not an issue captured in headlines and
soundbites. It paints a detailed portrait of the profound challenges of early parenthood
and its generational effects."
- Bill Albert | Chief Program Officer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
"Every high school girl should see this film on the first day of high school and every year after."
- Margaret Hoover | O'Reilly Factor
"This film ... should be mandatory viewing for every teen in the country."
- Yvonne Abraham | The Boston Globe
"This is a documentary that explores a hot-button issue with objectivity and genuine concern. By skillfully excerpting interviews around an issues-based narrative, director John Michael Williams creates a sense of urgency. The Gloucester 18 covers a controversial issue with unique objectivity and insight. It avoids political and religious debate. "Doing the right thing" and making the best of difficulties is a common theme. Tiny babies nestle in their mothers' arms as the cameras roll. Concern for their well-being and future drives this powerful human interest film. (4 stars)."
- M. Abby Joseph | Examiner.com
"The Gloucester 18
is a great teaching tool for many levels of educators and providers; the framing of this issue by media vs. public health is a great point of discussion. In addition, it is a great conversation starter with youth. The teen parents are relatable and real in their remarks about getting pregnant and parenting at a young age."
- Dr. Pat Paluzzi | President & CEO of the Healthy Teen Network
"The Gloucester 18
is recommended viewing for anyone who cares about preventing teen pregnancy, and who has compassion for young people who are struggling to get by. It takes a sensationalized story and looks at it objectively and soberly, sensitively portraying the challenges, rewards, and heartbreak that often accompany teen pregnancy and parenthood. Teen pregnancy is a complex issue and this film unpacks its many layers in a way that will open the eyes -- and hearts -- of teens and adults alike."
- Christine Clark | Program Director, The Candie's Foundation