I attended the 8:30AM screening of AFTER TILLER, a remarkable documentary about the last four doctors in America who perform late-term abortions since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in May 2009. Security was tight; each audience member had to go through a metal detector before entering the theater. Filmmakers Martha Shane (an MFF alum for 2008’s BI THE WAY) and Lana Wilson screened their film to a sold-out house who gave their work a standing ovation.
Then I moved quickly to see Academy Award-winning director Freida Mock’s masterful documentary ANITA, about Anita Hill, the law professor who in 1991 became the centerpiece of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas‘ nomination fight when she testified that he had sexually harassed her before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The film was screened in a tennis-court-turned-movie-theater, one of the many unique venues created by Sundance to house the more than 100 feature films shown over the course of the 11-day festival.
-Jed Dietz, MFF Director