The documentary “After Tiller” and the drama “Kill Your Darlings,” which stars Daniel Radcliffe, open today at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. The critically-acclaimed “12 Years A Slave” also continues for another week.
“After Tiller” is rated PG-13; “Kill Your Darlings” and “12 Years A Slave” are both rated R. All three play through Dec. 12.
Radcliffe stars as the Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in “Kill Your Darlings.” The film is set during the famed poet’s early years at Columbia University and centers on a murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and fellow writers William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.
The murder and investigation would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging writers.
“After Tiller” is a documentary about Dr. George Tiller, one of the only doctors in the United States who performed third-trimester abortions and who was gunned down in his church.
Tiller, from Wichita, Kan., was the eighth abortion clinic worker to be assassinated since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, in 1973. Today, only four doctors in the United States, all colleagues of Tiller, openly provide later-term abortions.
“After Tiller” weaves together interviews with the doctors with intimate scenes from their private lives and inside their clinics. The film reveals the moral struggles of the patients and practitioners as they confront the full complexity of late-term abortion decisions.
In “12 Years A Slave,” Solomon Northrup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man from upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South in the years before the Civil War. Northrup is subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender) and the unexpected kindness from another as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity.
Finally, in the twelfth year of slavery, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Northrup’s life forever.
The film is directed by Steve McQueen.
For more information, including show times, go to http://www.theross.org or call 402-472-5353.