Porter's team learned the movie had been accepted to Sundance in fall 2015, around the time the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear a Texas case to determine whether TRAP laws were constitutional. The court was likely to rule by June, so "there was no time to waste to go to Sundance to look for a distribution deal," Roney said.
Roney got companies to work together with a plan: Take advantage of the publicity generated at Sundance, launch a theatrical run in March 2016 while simultaneously screening for community groups and college campuses in cities where the theatrical run didn't reach. (Community and campus screenings don't usually overlap with the theatrical release.) "Trapped" was in theaters around the time the high court heard arguments in the Texas case last March, and aired on public television in June, just before the court handed down its ruling that the Texas restrictions were unconstitutional.