Oscilloscope Laboratories will release Martha Shane’s and Lana Wilson’s directorial debut After Tiller and Hannah Fidell’s feature directorial debut A Teacher. After Tiller premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to screen next at True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri. A Teacher also premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival and is headed to Austin next month where it will play South By Southwest.
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.
Part psychological thriller and part provocative character study, A Teacher explores the unraveling of a young high school teacher, Diana (Lindsay Burdge), after she begins an affair with one of her teenage students, Eric (Will Brittain). What starts as a seemingly innocent fling becomes increasingly complex—and dangerous—as the beautiful and confident Diana gets fully consumed by her emotions, crossing boundaries and acting out in progressively startling ways. Lindsay Burdge delivers a deeply compelling and seamlessly naturalistic performance that brings us into the mind of an adult driven to taboo against her better judgment.
O-Scope plans a theatrical, video-on-demand and digital release later this year for both films.