The College Conservative has extensively covered the murderous Philadelphia abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was charged in 2011 with 8 counts of murder, 24 counts of medical malpractice, and 24 counts of illegal abortions beyond the legal limit of 24 weeks.
What’s worse is that those charges are just the items that the courts were able to prosecute. The full horrors that took place were described in the 200 page Grand Jury Report:
This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that 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. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.
The conservative media watched Gosnell closely, making sure that this man and the crimes of other men like him were exposed publicly for what they really were: murder. Despite those efforts, it’s safe to say that a majority of Americans still don’t know who Gosnell is, or the crimes he committed.
That, however, is all about to change.
Ann and Phelim Media LLC, the same folks behind the wildly successful Frack Nation documentary, have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a movie documenting Kermit Gosnell and the mainstream media’s failure to report on his crimes. Their goal is to fund a massive $2.1 million dollar budget. This is historic: the previous largest budget for a crowd-funded movie Veronica Mars, which successfully raised $2 million. Should Ann and Pehlim Media succeed, they will set the new record for the largest crowd-funded film to date.
More importantly, however, they’ll bring attention to an issue that desperately needs more public awareness.
This cause is not without controversy, however: the funds are being raise through Indiegogo because Kickstarter refused to host the project. At the last minute, right before the film’s funding campaign was scheduled to launch on March 28, Kickstarter refused to publish the campaign. The film makers claim that Kickstarter told them their film would not be published because the film violated Kickstarter’s political ‘convictions.’
Phelim McAleer said the following in a press release:
There have been four movies about Ted Bundy, five about the Zodiac killer, three about John Wayne Gacy and the Lifetime network has already made and broadcast a film about Jodie Arias – who killed one person. Kermit Gosnell killed more that them all put together…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…This is unacceptable to us and it should be unacceptable to any filmmaker particularly on a platform such as Kickstarter which claims to be all about artistic freedom. But Kickstarter’s actions are particularly odious and alarming because they are an attempt to censor factual descriptions of a serial killer’s actions. In justifying their censorship Kickstarter told us they “understand your convictions” but that they “encourage and enforce a culture of respect and consideration” and therefore they could not approve our project until we removed factual descriptions of Kermit Gosnell stabbing babies and “similar language.”
It’s no surprise that McAleer feels as though his project is the victim of a double standard. After all, after about 30 seconds of searching on Kickstarter’s site, you can find that a project to crowd fund a platform that will allow women to share their abortion experiences was allowed to be funded in 2010. A documentary exposing crude and illegal abortions, however, is clearly not allowed.
I reached out to McAleer for comment on this story, and he was generous enough to answer a few questions about his project via email.
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Tanner Brumbarger: The Hollywood Reporter wrote a piece on your film. It’s safe to say that some in the Hollywood circles have caught wind of what you’re doing. Do you have a sense of what they’re reaction might be to the news of your film?
Phelim McAleer: I think a lot of people will realize that there is a huge audience who are willing to pay money to see what they want to see on TV – they should take notice. But of course, there are those who don’t want anything to do with it. Lets be honest, you are more likely to see many Hollywood executives at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser that trawling the internet looking for stories about Kermit Gosnell.
Tanner: You moved your film to Indiegogo after Kickstarter removed it from their platform. Do you have any comments on this process, or why Kickstarter acted this way?
McAleer: It is ironic that a movie that intends to expose censorship faced censorship from Kickstarter.
This is unacceptable to us and it should be unacceptable to any filmmaker particularly on a platform such as Kickstarter which claims to be all about artistic freedom. But Kickstarter’s actions are particularly odious and alarming because they are an attempt to censor factual descriptions of a serial killer’s actions. In justifying their censorship Kickstarter told us they “understand your convictions” but that they “encourage and enforce a culture of respect and consideration” and therefore they could not approve our project until we removed factual descriptions of Kermit Gosnell stabbing babies and “similar language.
They asked us to remove the descriptions of a serial killer committing his crimes but in the Belle Gunness project they allowed a picture of a dead body on the project page. In addition Kickstarter has hosted and promoted 16 projects about stabbing. Kickstarter has also hosted 5 projects about incest, one project with the “C” word in the project description, 44 projects about rape and 28 projects with the word F**k or F**king in the title. Some of these projects were based on true stories, some were works of fiction, but all were allowed onto Kickstarter. At the last minute Kickstarter said the project could go ahead with the descriptions but warned us that if “objectional” material was added in updates they reserved the right to “remove projects altogether.”
It means that as we detail Kermit Gosnell’s crimes they could remove the project. This would be devastating to us and would be a huge smack in the face to Kickstarter contributors who want this.
Tanner: Has there been any opposition to this project? Are there any specific groups who have come out against what you’re doing?
Phelim: Not yet but we know there are a lot of people who don’t like the truth being told.
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Ann and Phelim Media has a major opportunity to bring this issue to life, and they’re getting attention for their efforts. Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com has already penned a piece about the film. Michelle Malklin and The Weekly Standard have also spotlighted the project.
That attention is completely justified. Ann and Phelim Media is doing something truly groundbreaking with this movie: by crowd-funding a project of this scale, they have abandoned traditional entertainment industry standards for fundraising while still seeking the same level of resources for the film’s production. This project has the potential to rocket the Gosnell trial–and its subsequent media coverup–permanently into the public eye. Let’s hope that the fundraising effort succeeds: if it does, it won’t be long before the Kermit Gosnell story reaches television screens in every household in America.
Learn more about the project by watching the filmmakers’ trailer below. If you want to donate, please visit the film’s Indiegogo page.