"I'm the director of the film and at the end of the day I felt it was necessary to stop down and give people a moment to consider the question," she said. "When you're making a film like this, the goal is to get people to come to theaters to watch your film. You have to provide a thematic experience for them. I don't think we misconstrued any of the facts. I think the VCDL made their position on background checks very clear earlier in the film and throughout the film. So yeah, I do think it's pro forma for filmmaking."
Director Stephanie Soechtig told The Washington Post last week the pause was so viewers could consider the question.