documentary footage filmed at harbor house
Filming for a documentary on teen pregnancy in
America was done at Harbor House by France Télévision,
the French national TV network. The documentary
footage was shot over three days last month. The
crew of two-correspondent Layla Demay and camera
operator Ludo-travelled to Celina from New York
where French TV has a U.S. office. They plan edit
the film, dubbing it in the French language for
their audience in Europe.
and Ludo began their work by interviewing 15-year-old
Nicole, a former resident who gave birth earlier
this year to a baby boy and chose to parent him.
They talked with Nicole at her home to see first-hand
what she dealt with as a teen mom.
They then showed up here and faithfully followed
April, Britney, Danielle and Erica around throughout
their day, even filming them during their 6 AM aerobics
exercises. The only thing they politely refused
to participate in was eating a meal cooked by the
They spent some time discussing RU-486, the French-made
"morning after" pill, and abortion rights with Karla.
Although Layla shared privately that she didn't
agree with our viewpoint on abortion, she insisted
that the treatment would be fair and agreed to allow
us to screen both the unedited footage along with
the final cut, and to provide copies of each.
two days of filming in Celina, Layla and Ludo travelled
to Wisconsin to interview the makers
of Baby Think It Over®, a computerized simulated
infant that Harbor House uses for parenting education.
During the time there, Layla suggested to the company
president that Harbor House could use one of the
newer models. The next week a company representative
called to say that a new Real Care BabyT would be
arriving soon, courtesy of the manufacturer.