The producers of a movie opening in theaters nationwide next weekend didn’t hold a red carpet premiere in New York or Los Angeles to celebrate the release of their film. Instead, they chose the sidewalk outside the Supreme Court.
“Voiceless,” a pro-life film opening Oct. 7, held its premiere Sunday evening outside the nation’s highest court, where abortion was legalized nationwide in 1973. Organizers said that the film’s premiere marks the first time the court has allowed a movie to be shown on the sidewalk in front of the building.
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The film focuses on Jesse Dean, a recently discharged soldier who accepts a position as an outreach minister at a Philadelphia church. He later discovers that an abortion clinic has opened right across the street. Dean struggles to extend his outreach ministry to the women entering the clinic and encounters pushback from his community, his church and even his wife.
Jason Jones, co-executive producer of “Voiceless,” told TheBlaze in an interview that the film’s aim is “to tell the truth about the human person.”
“We’ve been demoralized lately with the latest Supreme Court ruling,” Jones said, citing the court’sdecision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt earlier this year, which struck down a Texas law requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility.
Jones likened showing the film outside the court to “art versus the law,” and he “couldn’t think of a better place” for its premiere.
“Everyone deserves full legal protection from violence, especially the most vulnerable members of the human family, and the most vulnerable member is the child in the womb,” Jones said.
Jones called it one of the “most moving experiences” of his life to show the film at the Supreme Court instead of a red carpet premiere. He said that he became involved with the pro-life movement after he lost a daughter to abortion in 1989, and ever since he has considered the Supreme Court the site of her death.
“How beautiful that we can show our film that wants to be a voice for the voiceless on these very steps,” he said.
Jones expressed optimism that the film will be successful in theaters even though “we’re fighting for shelf space.”
“There are only so many screens in America, and we’re fighting with big, giant movie companies,” Jones said. “And they are big, lumbering giants and we’re little David trying to get our screens.”
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