by Steven Ertelt
February 20, 2007
Hollywood (LifeNews.com) — A movie that could wind up being known more for its graphic and sensationalist nature than its honest treatment of the abortion issue is slated to hit theaters in October. "Lake of Fire," a flick produced by "American History X" director Tony Kaye features a nearly three hour examination of the controversial subject.
Kaye spent $6 million of his own money filming the movie over a period of 16 years.
The feature firm is said to take a look at both sides of the abortion debate but the movie may do more to sensationalize both sides.
It features graphic abortion pictures, photos of abortion practitioners who have been killed by vigilante extremists and interviews with people such as Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry and combative pro-abortion lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
Indie distributor ThinkFilm picked up the rights to the movie and a longer television version of the film may follow.
Mark Urman, head of U.S. theatrical at ThinkFilm, interviewed with Reuters about the movie.
"What is so provocative about ‘Lake of Fire’ is not that it refuses to take a point of view on abortion but the way it shows how we are victimized by a sense that what we believe is more important than what others believe," he said.
"It’s an illness that plagues our society, and the result of people acting on a sense that they are right and others are wrong can be seen in the Middle East, in Africa and many other place," he continued.
Reuters reported that the film will first air at several film festivals before its release and it initially debuted in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Urman wants colleges and universities to use the film as a basis for discussing the issue of abortion, even though it may not accurately depict both sides of the abortion debate.
"Too many documentaries are rightly accused of preaching to the choir. This film is guaranteed to give you pause whether you’re pro-choice or right-to-life," he added.
Kaye is a former advertising art director turned conceptual artist turned filmmaker. He first became noted for his award-winning TV commercials for such clients as Volvo and Guinness.
Called a "master of hyperbole" Kaye completed a previous version of the documentary, titled "G-D" in 1999.
"I felt we needed a film that explored abortion in an unbiased, mathematical, scientific kind of way," he said of his new project.
One pro-abortion activist who saw the firm at a showing last year said it came across to him as slanted against pro-life advocates.
"I couldn’t help but think that nearly all the pro-lifers interviewed came across as deeply disturbed, with a couple of exceptions," Nick Van der Graaf wrote in an online review.
But another review says the first half of the movie tilts towards the pro-life side.
Most of those who commented after seeing the movie enjoyed it but thought it was poorly edited and too long. They also said the material was mostly from the 1990s and some of the topics discussed in the interviews were dated.
Other interviewees in the movie include Norma McCorvey, the former Roe of Roe v. Wade, pro-life liberal columist Nat Henthoff, university professor and pro-abortion activist Dallas Blanchard, and abortion activist Noam Chomsky.
Princeton professor and infanticide advocate Peter Singer, pro-abortion activist and contraception Supreme Court case leader Bill Baird, and Fraces Kissling, the head of Catholics for a free Choice, are also interviewed.