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We wanted to share a new film premiering this month.  Out and proud “Pregnant Lady Gaga” impersonator Athena Reich chronicles her journey to motherhood in the new documentary  VEGAS BABY. 

Directed by Oscar® nominated filmmaker Amanda Micheli and executive produced by Oscar® nominated Morgan Spurlock, VEGAS BABY pulls back the curtain on the world of reproductive medicine through a provocative, “truth is stranger than fiction” premise. The film follows aspiring parents from all walks of life who place themselves in the hands of a Las Vegas doctor and his annual contest, which offers the prize of a free round of IVF – with no guarantee of success. Contestants post video entries online telling their stories, counting on the votes of strangers to help them realize their dream of becoming parents.   

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Athena Reich is one of several aspiring parents willing to take the emotional and financial gamble of infertility treatments.  “Despite the fact that 1 in 6 couples worldwide struggles with infertility, it is rarely talked about,” said director Micheli.

This is an emotional, candid exploration of the struggles of infertility.  VEGAS BABY, will have its U.S. television premiere Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. on PBS’s WORLD Channel (check local listings), as part of the new season of AMERICA REFRAMED.  VEGAS BABY will stream on Netflix in July and is currently available for purchase/rent on all major digital platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu.

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Film subject Athena Reich currently resides in NYC.  

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VEGAS BABY National Broadcast Premiere 

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June 27, 2017 at 8 p.m. 

on PBS World Channel’s AMERICA REFRAMED

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