The best advice Jo Ardinger has ever received was from her father, “When times are tough, you must lean into the wind.” It’s something Ardinger has had to do more than once after starting a new career as an independent filmmaker after the age of 40. Her inspiration for the career change rose out of her passion and activism for healthcare reform. Ardinger has gone on to become a director and an award-winning editor on both documentary and narrative film projects and founded her own production company, Tandybrook Productions. She is also an instructor at the University of Washington, where she teaches digital storytelling in science. Personhood (Mountainfilm 2020), a reproductive justice film, is her directorial debut.