Sundance attendees in Utah were greeted by police and armed sheriffs in green jumpsuits that made a show of force outside the theater. They had to have their bags searched and were inspected with handheld metal detectors. After the movie was shown, two police officers stood at the front of the auditorium as the directors and the four abortionists featured in the film answered audience questions.<p>The message was clear: pro-lifers are dangerous.
The film's name is "After Tiller," as in the late-term abortionist George Tiller, shot to death in 2009 inside his Lutheran church on a Sunday in Kansas. The filmmakers are two deluded women in their 20s, Martha Shane and Lana Wilson. They claim this film is non-political, that it's calm in tone.
"Our agenda is not political but humanist," they declared in a statement. "The nation's shouting match over abortion has become increasingly distanced from the real-life situations and decisions faced by those people most intimately involved," and so they aspired to "shed more light rather than more heat" on the issue.
"Those people most intimately involved" in an abortion are the ones aborted. For them, there is no shouting match. They have no voice.
As for the film's tone, consider this quote: "We're 40 years after Roe v. Wade, and the women in America are in worse shape than they were 40 years ago. Their rights are being trampled in the street." This quote came from abortionist and activist LeRoy Carhart in the film. This was the line singled out by Marlow Stern as he began his promotional article for the Daily Beast.
A trailer for the documentary shows there's more venom where that came from. After "After Tiller" was shot, Carhart said, "there were no other thoughts in my mind but to carry out the mission." But in Kansas, said Carhart, "The Republican Party said I was an abomination and should be driven from the state."
He demonized the pro-life movement: "You don't give in to terrorists because it only gets worse."
The film also stars Dr. Warren Hern, who is perpetually bombastic and coarse. He says in the trailer, "When I walk out the front door, I expect to be assassinated." The Daily Beast put this Hern quote in large type: "When abortion doctors are assassinated, the political right has celebrated those assassinations. It's a very serious and dark matter in American society."