Gosnell filmmakers reopen crowdfunding campaign, seek $500,000 more
The producers of the forthcoming Kermit Gosnell “House of Horrors” movie are reopening their crowdfunding campaign after Indiegogo changed its rules to allow campaigns without a deadline.
Magdalena Segieda, Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney surpassed their previous crowdfunding goal of $2.1 million earlier this year, and the Indiegogo fundraising site is permitting them to reopen the campaign indefinitely effective December 3, according to Christian Post.
The reopening is under the site’s recently added Forever Funding category.
"It's a huge boost to the movie,” McElhinney said. “More donations, means more shooting days, better actors, higher production values, it'll mean a better movie. It will also mean we'll be able to get Gosnell's story out to a wider audience."
The filmmakers plan to cover the story behind notorious abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell, who ran a filthy West Philadelphia abortuary with countless ethics and health violations, and where he killed newborns.
"We've asked people if they've heard about Gosnell, and they don't know who he is, they don't know the name,” McElhinney told the Christian Post. “And we think it's important to record history."
"You can't have this happen and people not know about it,” she said. “This case is extraordinary. In a country where Jody Arias is national news, and you have this iconic photograph of the Philadelphia courtroom with the reserved section for the journalists at Gosnell's trial and it was empty.”
“I think that really riled us,” McElhinney continued. “That annoyed us. And we thought, 'Come on, this is crazy. This story needs to be told.”
Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without parole in May 2013 for three counts of first-degree murder for three of the children he killed after they were born alive, and he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of a 41-year-old Nepalese refugee woman in his care who died from an overdose administered by untrained and unlicensed staff. He was later also sentenced to 30 years for illegally dispensing prescription drugs.
The film producers had originally established a crowdfunding campaign with the website Kickstarter.com, but later switched to Indiegogo after trouble from Kickstarter discriminating on the basis of the film’s content and censoring descriptions, ultimately banning the movie from the site. Kickstarter later revised its standards but denied the publicity from rejecting pro-life movies came into play.
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With the new campaign the Gosnell movie producers will continue to offer thank-you gifts to donors and they have a new goal of raising an additional $500,000 to extend filming to four weeks and to get the best actors they can for the film. The filmmakers also look to raise the number of backers from the 26,574 who contributed more than $2.2 million, to more than 100,000 backers. This would show potential distributors that a large number of Americans support the project.
McElhinney concurred that many people still don't know who Gosnell is because the national media largely ignored the news story, which is why they want to get the movie out to as many people as possible.
"What we'd like to say to people is, “If they feel that this was a neglected story and an important story for everyone to think about, then give $1, give $10 or $10,000 please, and make sure that people find out what happened. Turn up, be there for truth,” she said. "By giving $1 you're saying, 'I want this done.'"
The Gosnell movie has received the endorsement of Hercules and God’s Not Dead star Kevin Sorbo, who, along with his wife, taped a message encouraging people to support the film. Other celebrities, including actress Sloane Brown and actor Nick Searcy, have joined in offering support, along with former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.
The producers of the Gosnell movie have also acquired the rights to the book, Gosnell's Babies, by Steve Volk, the single journalist who has interviewed Gosnell at length.
The Indiegogo crowdfunding site for the Gosnell movie can be accessed HERE.