About the Film:
AFTER TILLER intimately explores the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The procedure is now performed by only four doctors in the United States, all former colleagues of Dr. Tiller, who risk their lives every day in the name of their unwavering commitment toward their patients. Directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson have created a moving and unique look at one of the most incendiary topics of our time, and they’ve done so in an informative, thought-provoking, and compassionate way.
Martha Shane (co-director/co-producer) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. From 2006 to 2008, she co-directed, produced and co-edited the feature documentary Bi the Way, which had its premiere at the SXSW film festival in 2008 and debuted on MTV’s LOGO channel in summer 2009. Subsequently, Shane worked as a freelance editor, producer, and cinematographer for projects ranging from a short documentary about a community health center in post-Katrina New Orleans to an experimental film about the Japanese writer Osamu Dazai. After Tiller is her second feature documentary. Shane is currently finishing Make the People Happy, a short documentary that follows the Xylopholks, New York’s only animal-costumed, xylophone-playing, subway-busking ragtime band on a whirlwind tour of India. She is also in production on The Mystery of Marie Jocelyne, a suspense-filled feature documentary that unravels the many mysteries surrounding alleged con artist and former film festival director Marie Castaldo. Shane graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005 with a BA in Film Studies.
Lana Wilson (co-director/co-producer) is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. After Tiller is her feature documentary debut. Wilson was previously the Film and Dance Curator for Performa, the New York biennial of new visual art performance, where she curated and produced performances by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin, French choreographer Boris Charmatz, and many others. She has also organized several film retrospectives, including Not Funny: Stand-Up Comedy and Visual Art, The Polyexpressive Symphony: Futurism on Film, and Dance After Choreography. Wilson has presented these film programs at CPH PIX (Copenhagen), the Jerusalem International Film Festival, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna), Anthology Film Archives, and outdoors on the High Line park (New York). She also curated the film series Performance Now for Wesleyan University, co-curated and produced the omnibus film Futurist Life Redux (2009), and edited the book Performa 09: Back to Futurism (2011). Wilson holds a BA in Film Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University. www.lanawilson.net