A record in crowdfunding for a docu-movie has just been made with the $2.1 million raised to put Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s horrific story on TV.
With two days to go in their campaign on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com, the Gosnell producers have raised $2.13 million, making it the third highest amount for a movie and the top for a non-drama without major movie stars.
The donations from 23,000 showed sweeping support for making the TV movie about the conviction of Gosnell. It also proved filmmaker Phelim McAleer and his team right when they rejected censorship moves by the top crowdfunding site Kickstarter and moved their campaign to Indiegogo at the last minute.
McAleer had told Secrets that the Kickstarter censorship was just the latest effort by Hollywood and the media to quiet the story about the late-term abortionist. It wasn’t until after enormous public pressure that the TV networks began covering Gosnell’s trial in May 2013.
“Hollywood and the mainstream media have been very reluctant to cover this serial killer but we think it's time Gosnell's story was told," said Ann McElhinney, McAleer’s wife and co-filmmaker, when their campaign started. Their company Hat Tip Films is making the drama based on the courtroom story.
On Saturday, McAleer added, "The media and Hollywood normally love serial killers. There are movies and whole TV series devoted to the genre but for some reason there were no plans to tell the truth about Kermit Gosnell and his crimes. We were determined to change that and to show that their was a public appetite for this truth to be told and that's why we decided to crowdfund the project."
Gosnell, 73, was convicted a year ago of first-degree murder for killing babies that were born alive in his clinic.
While there are no major stars being touted to appear in Gosnell, the campaign received some help from notable actors including Nick Searcy, of the FX series "Justified," and "God's Not Dead" actor Kevin Sorbo.
“This is a story that needs to be told. No one wants to talk about it because the details are too damaging to certain political agendas,” said Searcy.
The top two crowdfunded movies are Veronica Mars and Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.