Interview: 12th & Delaware's Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
by Brandon Lee Tenney
January 31, 2010
Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady made one of the most terrifying films I've ever seen - Jesus Camp. Their even-handed, objective portrayal of their subjects is the hallmark of their filmmaking, and it's no wonder that objectivity continues with their latest documentary 12th & Delaware, which explores the microcosm in Florida where an abortion clinic and a pro-life pregnancy care center exist on opposite sides of the same street. I caught up with Heidi and Rachel in Park City (read my Sundance review) where they talked about their filmmaking process, the importance of objectivity, and what we can expect from them in the future.
Watch our Sundance interview with directors Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady:
From Sundance: "Using skillful cinema-vérité that allows us to draw our own conclusions, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, the directors of Jesus Camp, expose the molten core of America's most intractable conflict. As the pro-life volunteers paint a terrifying portrait of abortion to their clients, across the street, the staff at the other clinic fear for their doctors' lives and fiercely protect the right of their clients to choose. Shot in the year (2009) when abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered in his church, the film makes these fears palpable. Meanwhile, women in need become pawns in a vicious ideological war with no end in sight."
I find it interesting that these filmmakers are lauded for their even-handed approach to controversial topics, yet when Sundance describes the film, they insert their own bias into their synopsis. If the point of the movie is to capture something as it happens and then to allow the viewer to make up their own mind, then Sundance is being disruptive that with quotes like that.
KP on Feb 1, 2010
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