A word-of-mouth campaign to raise $2.1 million to make a film about Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell's killing spree jumped out of the gate this weekend, collecting over $119,000, more than the hoped-for $47,000 a day.
“The pressure is really on. We are ahead of schedule, but not by much,” said the filmmakers.
In raising so much so fast via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, the makers of “Gosnell” shook off a last-minute hitch when the nation's biggest crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, attempted to censor the language used to describe the convicted murderer, prompting the movie team to shift sites.
The money from donors in amounts as small as $1 totaled about half of what Gosnell producers Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney raised for their last crowdfunded project, “FrackNation.” For that, they raised $212,000.
They have 43 days left to raise the full $2.1 million to begin their project, or they have to return all of the money. They hope to have the movie ready for TV by next spring.
Their new movie is about the doctor convicted last year of murder and illegal late-term abortion charges. The mainstream media ignored the Gosnell story until public pressure forced some to cover his trial.
Hollywood also ignored the story until McAleer and McElhinney and their company Hat Tip Films moved to bring the story to the nation.
“As you know, abortionist Kermit Gosnell killed thousands of live babies [after they were born] — but the mainstream media blacked out the story,” they said in a note to supporters.
“He murdered more people than Ted Bundy, Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and the Zodiac Killer combined. But the media hardly covered this story at all. This is a story every American should see and hear,” they added.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.