Crowd-funding Raises Money for Movie on Murderous Abortion Doctor

Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 10:05 PM

By Greg Richter

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A trio of filmmakers who have tackled conservative subjects in the past now want to make a TV movie  on Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia abortion doctor serving a life sentence for killing live-born babies.

Husband and wife Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney, working with Magdalena Segieda, are attempting the to crowd-fund the project through McAleer's Hat Tip Productions. They have reached more than half their goal of $2.1 million.

Crowd funding is a method of seeking donations from individuals rather than going through traditional studios.

McAleer and partners turned to the crowd funding website Indiegogo after McAleer said Kickstarter, which they had used for previous projects, accused them of not complying with the spirit of the site's community guidelines for using the line "thousands of babies murdered."

"This was shocking — and even more so when I looked at which projects don't violate those standards," McAleer wrote in an April 7 New York Post op-ed.

Even if he made changes, Kickstarter reserved the right to pull the project later, he wrote, so he turned to Indiegogo.

Indiegogo appeal:



The Gosnell project ended up setting a record for crowd funding at the site. The record for all crowd-funded projects, the "Veronica Mars" movie, pulled in $5.7 million on Kickstarter.

The Gosnell filmmakers have until May 12 to raise the money or the pledges made will not be accepted. But McAleer tells Newsmax he is confident they'll make the goal if the current momentum holds.

Actors Kevin Sorbo, who stars in the current faith-based theatrical hit "God's Not Dead," and Nick Searcy of the FX series "Justified" have lent their names to the campaign, but McAleer says no actors have been signed yet. He's too busy raising funds.

Once they reach their goal, they'll start looking at actors, writers and directors, McAleer said.

Though McAleer says they went the crowd-funding route because major studios wouldn't have touched the project, he has no doubt he'll find a broadcast or cable network to air it once shot.

"There will be at least 20,000 who have literally bought into this film already — it has had enormous media attention — it is a competitive TV world," he tells Newsmax. "The people who have paid for this film have families and friends. It is a built-in audience that TV companies cannot ignore."

McAleer has previously released documentaries that counter environmental claims in Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" and the anti-fracking movie "Gasland." He and his partners decided to go with a docudrama on Gosnell to reach a wider audience.

"Americans are fascinated about crime and are particularly fascinated about serial killers," he said. "There have been three movies about Ted Bundy, five about the Zodiac Killer. The list is endless."

But Gosnell, who was accused by employees of killing "hundreds" of live-born babies and running a dirty, unregulated facility that even wrote painkiller prescriptions for cash, has been ignored, McAleer said.

"This serial killer was an abortionist who was completely unregulated. His trial threw up ugly realities about abortion that changed the minds of several jurors, a liberal journalist at the trial and even Gosnell's defense attorney. Hollywood, with its Planned Parenthood fundraisers, would want to stay away from this case," McAleer wrote in his New York Post piece.

Even the grisly Gosnell story didn't get much attention in mainstream media outside the Philadelphia market.

Melinda Henneberger of The Washington Post  agreed that the media didn't do its job, writing, "We didn't write more because the only abortion story most outlets ever cover in the news pages is every single threat or perceived threat to abortion rights."

"In fact, that is so fixed a view of what constitutes coverage of that issue that it's genuinely hard, I think, for many journalists to see a story outside that paradigm as news. That's not so much a conscious decision as a reflex, but the effect is one-sided coverage."

But McAleer hopes to get the word out.

"We want the Kermit Gosnell story to be in every home in America and to be watched by large numbers," he told Newsmax.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ferguson Protest Closes Huge St. Louis-area Mall

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 17:05 PM

Officials temporarily closed a large shopping mall near St. Louis amid a protest triggered by a grand jury's decision no . . .

Man Dies After Shooting at Mexican Consulate, Other Sites in Texas Capital

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 16:06 PM

A man apparently upset about U.S. immigration policy was fatally shot early on Friday after firing more than 100 rounds  . . .

Players' Union: Ray Rice Wins Appeal of His Indefinite Suspension

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 15:36 PM

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice is eligible for reinstatement by the National Football League after winnin . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved