Angie Young is an independent feminist documentary filmmaker, educator and outlaw. She was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and attended Alfred University in Alfred, NY where she majored in English and Women's Studies. After college, she moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in activism. She worked in the non-profit sector at feminist organizations including off our backs feminist newsjournal and the National Abortion Federation before discovering documentary filmmaking.
Motivated by a desire to translate the significance of the coat hanger to younger generations, and without any formal training in film, Young started making The Coat Hanger Project in fall 2006. While working at the National Abortion Federation, Young was sent to South Dakota to be part of the 2006 "No on 6" Campaign fighting the total abortion ban. Recognizing this as a significant moment in the fight for reproductive rights, Young purchased a video camera and began taking footage while working on the campaign. This was the beginning of what would become The Coat Hanger Project.
In the months that followed, Young took classes on shooting video, taught herself how to edit using Final Cut Pro, made friends with filmmakers, and began doing interviews. She traveled extensively in the US and Canada to meet with abortion providers, illegal abortion survivors, activists, educators, artists, and others, and worked 24/7 to complete The Coat Hanger Project in August 2008. It was released in the US and Canada in 2008 and was an official selection in the 2009 Rosebud Film Festival.
Since the film's release, Young has been traveling across the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, and Poland showing her film in academic and community spaces and talking with audiences about reproductive justice and activism. The film has since been shown at numerous colleges, universities, conferences, film festivals and other spaces all over the world, including the 2011 Ladyfest London and the 2011 Red Dawns queer feminist arts festival in Slovenia.