After Tiller



Documentary Feature
2013, 88 minutes


Director and Producer with Martha Shane


Since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in May 2009, there are only four American doctors left who openly provide third-trimester abortions. After Tiller paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians—Dr. LeRoy Carhart, Dr. Warren Hern, Dr. Susan Robinson and Dr. Shelley Sella—who have become the new number-one targets of the anti-abortion movement, yet continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives. Intimate, thought-provoking, and and deeply moving, After Tiller provides an unprecedented look of one of the most incendiary topics of our time.

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The most compelling and important documentary of the year, a profoundly moving and genuinely inspiring piece of cinema.
Nick Dawson, Filmmaker Magazine
Whether one is pro-life, pro-choice or without an opinion on the issue, After Tiller provides personal insight into a heart-wrenching, complex reality.
Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
Revelatory…An absorbing, thoughtful report, [and] a welcome exploration of practical and philosophical matters seldom broached across the partisan divide.
Sheri Linden, The Los Angeles Times
After Tiller has the power to change the way people think…Does viewers the great service of providing light where there’s usually only heat, giving a human face and heart to what previously might have been an abstract issue.
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
A rare feat…a calm, humanist documentary about a hot-button topic. Well contextualized and sensitively shot with extraordinary access, After Tiller reflects the personal, moral, and ethical struggles of the doctors as well as their patients, and deserves the widest possible audience.
Alissa Simon, Variety
Intimate and heartfelt…Brings an emotional clarity to an issue in which every nuanced turn of phrase has been made politically complicated.
Mark Olsen, The Los Angeles Times
Extraordinarily compassionate and thought-provoking…An important film that looks unblinkingly at an important subject.
Jason Bailey, Flavorwire
Gets to the powerfully complex core of an issue that is widely misunderstood.
Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
One of the most courageous pieces of filmmaking I’ve ever seen…Engages viewers’ hearts and minds, reminding us why we need to make and watch documentary films at all.
Susan Gerhard, Fandor
A.O. Scott, The New York Times
After Tiller is groundbreaking in giving voice not only to the doctors, but to those who always seem to get overlooked in the high-volume political debate about the topic: the women themselves.
Sara Stewart, The New York Post
Any viewer with an interest in this issue, whether pro-choice, pro-life, or agnostic, ought to see this heart-piercing report from the front lines.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
After Tiller takes the politically divisive, emotionally charged issue of late-term abortions and portrays it with grace, understatement and humanity.
Christie Lemire,
A+. A terrific documentary that handles sensitively this controversial and heated topic.
Kim Voynar, Movie City News



News and Documentary Emmy Awards 2015, Best Documentary


Independent Spirit Awards 2014, Best Documentary


National Board of Review 2013, One of the 5 Best Documentaries of the Year


Cinema Eye Honors 2014, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, Direction, Production, and a Debut Feature Film


Satellite Awards 2014, Best Documentary


Sarasota Film Festival 2013, Documentary Jury Prize


Full Frame International Documentary Festival 2013, Human Rights Award


Port Townsend Film Festival 2013, Audience Award