By Peter J. Smith
ALBANY, New York, May 10, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The world premiere of the abortion industry exposé"BloodMoney" has been delayed by what its producers say was the pressure that pro-abortion activists put on the owner of the theatre where the film was to feature.
The Albany Times-Union reports that Roman Jaquez, a filmmaker from Troy, New York and producer of "BloodMoney," said that the owner of the Spectrum 8 Theatres called him over a week ago to inform him that he had canceled the screening after receiving phone calls from pro-abortion activists threatening to picket the theater for debuting the film.
Jaquez had rented the theater for four screenings scheduled for last Wednesday and Thursday, and personally had to turn away people who came to the Spectrum Theater on Delaware Ave. expecting to see the show. Ticket holders either had their tickets refunded or exchanged.
"I find it hypocritical that pro-abortion activists claim to be pro-choice, but don't want the public to have a choice in what films they can watch,” said David K. Kyle, director of the film, in a statement.
The theater’s owner, Keith Pickard, told the Times-Union that while it was true he canceled the opening, it was not over the potential of protestors outside the theater. However, he would not tell the Times-Union the reason for cancelling.
"It was just a private rental that didn't work out, and it's not for me to make public a private agreement," he told the Albany newspaper. "It was amicable on both sides."
However, the cancellation and controversy may have benefited the premiere of “Blood Money” rather than harmed it.
"The amount of interest to see the film has multiplied," Jacquez told the Times-Union.
The film will now premiere in the Capital District at the Madison Theatre at 1036 Madison Ave. May 14 – 20. Instead of the four screenings over two days at the Spectrum, “Blood Money” will have 20 screenings over seven days at the Madison.
According to the film's website, “Blood Money” is a documentary "that exposes the truth behind the abortion industry from the pro-life perspective." It examines "the history of abortion in America, from the inception of Planned Parenthood and the profitability of abortion clinics, to Roe vs. Wade, to the denial of when life begins, to the fight to save the lives of innocent babies, and the devastating effects it has had on the women that have had them."
Profits from “Blood Money” will go to support crisis pregnancy centers in Albany and Troy, New York.
Film-makers are hoping that a strong showing in Albany will help propel the film to other theater venues across America.
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