Independent filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney made crowd funding history Friday when their movie proposal about abortionist Kermit Gosnell reached its $2.1 million goal.
There are almost 25,000 contributors. The process of making the movie itself was not without controversy.
The filmmakers, along with their producer Magdalena Segieda, first tried to crowd source the movie on Kickstarter. They pulled the film from that site when Kickstarter objected to the description of Gosnell’s crimes; specifically, that he stabbed newborns to death. They said that the description would violate their “community guidelines.” Instead of changing the description they moved to Indiegogo.
On April 17th, the movie crossed the $1M mark and became the most-funded Indiegogo film to date.
Segieda said in a statement that the movie would ensure Gosnell would remain notorious, commenting that “because of this crowdfunding campaign Kermit Gosnell’s name will now be as well-known as Jodi Arias and Ted Bundy.”
Indeed, it should be more well-known. The producers call Gosnell “America’s biggest serial killer.” One reason his name isn’t as well known is that the media paid scant attention to the story or the trial. Gosnell was convicted last May of three counts of the murder of newborn infants and is suspected of carrying out thousands of abortions over 40 years. At least one woman died and many were injured because of the horrific conditions in his clinic.
According to the grand jury report that advanced Gosnell’s murder conviction, he “regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy — and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors,” as did his employees.
The grand jury faulted government officials who “literally licensed Gosnell’s criminally dangerous behavior.” The mainstream media didn’t even cover the trial. The producers call this lack of attention tantamount to a cover-up.
In the campaign to make the movie, McElhinney made a series of short videos, reading from the grand jury report.
The project garnered endorsements from such Hollywood celebrities as Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead), and Nick Sercy (Justified) who made videos in support of the media. The movie project also received widespread publicity on mostly conservative and new media venues.
While the goal was met Friday there is still time to contribute as the campaign doesn’t end until midnight Monday May 12th.