Directors Martha Shane & Lana Wilson scheduled to attend | May 24 & May 25
USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Lana Wilson, Martha Shane
In the wake of the assassination of Dr. Tiller, this documentary examines the personal and ethical imperatives that drive the four remaining physicians who continue to perform late-term abortions despite dangerous legal and personal harassment in this thought-provoking and sometimes troubling documentary.
May 24, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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May 25, 2013
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Dr. George Tiller was assassinated in May 2009, the fourth abortion provider to be murdered in eleven years. Since his death, there are only four doctors left in the United States who are willing to perform third-trimester abortions. Having taken Tiller's place as the primary targets of the anti-abortion movement, these doctors continue to risk their lives every day to carry out the work that they believe is vitally important. Taking us into both their waiting rooms and their homes, directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson sidestep the usual, didactic portrayal of the abortion issue, immersing us instead in the lives of these doctors and the patients who seek their help. While the patients' identities remain anonymous, the specifics of their circumstances are presented in great detail, allowing the audience to consider the myriad of issues involved in each decision. Equally revealing is how each physician wrestles with the ethical implications of their decision to treat each potential patient. After Tiller provides a vivid portrait of the daily realities of abortion in America, not as an answer to the debate, but in order to present a complete examination of the issue, so that a fully informed debate can happen.
According to her Wordpress site, “Martha Shane is a documentary filmmaker, dedicated to producing powerful, enchanting films that explore a range of subjects from the most serious social issues to the most eccentric and extravagant tales.” Brooklyn-based Lana Wilson was formerly a film and dance curator and has organized several film retrospectives. She also co-edited a book documenting Performa 09, a visual arts performance biennial. After Tiller is her feature documentary debut.
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|Director:||Lana Wilson, Martha Shane|
|Running Time:||87 minutes|
|Producer:||Martha Shane, Lana Wilson|
|Screenplay:||Greg O’Toole, Martha Shane, Lana Wilson|
|Music:||Andy Cabic, Eric D. Johnson|
|Filmography:||Martha Shane: Bi the Way (2008)|
|International Sales:||Ro*co Films|