Synopsis

For the first time in history a generation of children born through sperm donor conception are old enough to search for their biological fathers. For some it will prove to be a fruitless journey but the offspring of “Donor 150” have a father who is willing and ready to be found.

JoEllen always knew “my family wasn’t like other families.” She grew up with two mothers and a burning curiosity about her biological father. All she knows about him is the donor profile, Number 150, which inspired her mothers to choose his sperm. Through an internet registry, JoEllen meets one of her half-sisters, and when the New York Times picks up the story, more half-siblings emerge across America. Then a discarded copy of that article falls into the hands of Jeffrey, who lives with four dogs and a pigeon in a broken-down RV in a Venice Beach car park. Two decades earlier he earned his rent by supplying a Los Angeles sperm bank three times a week, as Donor 150.

Told with great honesty and humour, the inevitable meeting of biological father with some of his children raises puzzling questions about our definitions and understanding of parenthood, and the strange power of the genetic imperative.

Credits

MET FILM and REDBIRD Present
An ARTE G.E.I.E. and MORE 4 Co‚ÄźProduction with VPRO
Supported by The Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, Cinereach, The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and Naked Edge Films

  • Filmed and Directed by Jerry Rothwell
  • Produced by Al Morrow & Hilary Durman
  • Executive Producer: Jonny Persey
  • Executive Producer for Naked Edge Films: Jim Butterworth
  • Consulting Producer for Naked Edge Films: Daniel J. Chalfen
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