Success: Gosnell Movie hits its funding target

posted at 12:41 pm on May 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

I’ve written about the Gosnell Movie project a few times, conducted several interviews, and donated money to the cause. Now the three independent filmmakers behind this massive crowdfunding effort can celebrate success. With three days to spare, the project met its funding goal of $2.1 million — and attracted more than 23,000 donors. Congratulations to my good friends Phelim McAleer, Ann McIlhenny, and Magda Segieda, all of whom have appeared on my show over the last several weeks of this campaign. This means that Indiegogo will release the funding to the trio, and they can start working on pre-production immediately.

They put out this press release earlier today:

ABORTION MOVIE REACHES CROWDFUNDING TARGET – SMASHES RECORDS

THE CONTROVERSIAL movie about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell has reached its funding target on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo – smashing a series of records on the way to its $2.1m goal.

Gosnell is now by a huge margin, the most successful film project ever to be on Indiegogo, even beating projects from Hollywood celebrities such as James Franco.
It is also by far the most successful non-celebrity crowdfunded film on ANY crowdfunding platform.
Gosnell has so far raised $2.1m from over 23,000 contributors. The project closes to contributors at midnight Monday May 12th.
Kermit Gosnell was a Philadelphia abortion doctor who is currently serving several life sentences for murdering live, viable babies in his clinic. It is thought in his 40 year career he killed at least hundreds possibly thousands of babies. ABC correspondent Terry Moran described Gosnell as “America’s most successful serial killer.”
His case was particularly controversial because it went mostly unreported by the national media sparking a firestorm over accusations of media bias by pro-choice journalists who did not want to report anything that would reflect badly on abortion.
Producer Phelim McAleer said they were determined to tell the story of the life and crimes of Kermit Gosnell and determined to use crowdfunding to make the movie.
“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.”
Producer Ann McElhinney said they were very grateful that so many people had contributed to ensure the Gosnell Movie gets made. “We are so thankful – it has been an incredibly moving experience.
People have been sending small donations and inspiring messages. They felt compelled, often because of personal experience, to ensure the Gosnell Movie gets made. We are so, so, grateful for them. We will not let them down.”
Producer Magdalena Segieda said she was looking forward to making the movie.
“This will be a TV drama. It will be in every home in America. Americans are fascinated with serial killers but they have never heard of Kermit Gosnell. Because of this crowdfunding campaign Kermit Gosnell’s name will now be as well known as Jodi Arias and Ted Bundy. And that is fitting because Kermit Gosnell killed more than all the other serial killers combined. His story and the stories of his victims will now be told.”
The Producers also announced that they were initiating a “stretch goal”, a procedure introduced by many projects after they reach their initial target. They said their new goal was not financial.
“We want at least 30,000 people to donate to the project – we want to send a message to the networks and cable channels that there is an audience out there and we want to prove that by showing all these people were willing to pay for this film to be made. We want more people to turn up to give even a dollar,” said McAleer.

The stunning success of the grassroots funding for a film about Gosnell should be news far beyond the blogosphere. We’ll see if any mainstream media outlets pick it up, although the Hollywood Reporter has covered this for its industry readers. They can’t do much worse than they did in covering Gosnell himself, which is why the film needs to be made. And now … it will be.


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Praise Jesus!

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

That’s great, but it’s all about DISTRIBUTION

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Good news for a Friday!

22044 on May 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Dear Supporters

WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!

The Gosnell Movie has raised $2.1m and will be made! We are so incredibly grateful to you for getting us here. It’s been a long road and it was your ongoing support that carried us through.

We are delighted, but not done working just yet! The campaign is open until midnight on Monday the 12th. We’ve got the minimum money we needed, but we would still like more people to join in. So we’re announcing a stretch goal – we want at least 30,000 people to become part of this historic project. They don’t need to donate much, even a dollar will do. And needless to say, all these dollars will go towards hiring better talent to make this movie even greater.

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Wendy Davis and that dope from MSDNC who wears the tampon earrings will be preparing their picket signs.

Bishop on May 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Outstanding!

katy the mean old lady on May 9, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Tell the whole story of this Marxist-Progressive democrat butcher.

Murphy9 on May 9, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Gosnell existed because of the anti-abortion movement.
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rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I strongly support this movie. But my heart is heavy knowing that if the story was one of saving children from being aborted, it might not have made its goal.

No matter how noble we are, we still find horror stories more attractive than heart-warming stories.

It’s just part of the whole cursed-planet situation, I suppose.

platypus on May 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

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rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 12:55 PM

So it isn’t sarcasm…it’s a boomerang signifying…can’t remember. What is it?

Murphy9 on May 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I wonder if it will do better than that Palin movie. Undefeated indeed…

Louey on May 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I fully expect Hollywood studios to set an ultimatum to movie theaters: you show Gosnell, we send you blockbusters 2 weeks later than others. Not sure whether it clashes with antitrust laws, but the laws and their enforcement lost any meaning over 5 years ago.

Rix on May 9, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry machine to ramp up Alinsky terror campaign of the producers, their friends and family in ….3…..2….1…..

Mark my words, the producers are brave folks but, by the logic of the pro-abort left, they and any of their friends and family members MUST BE DESTROYED! There will be an active and deliberate campaign of intimidation and sabotage. The left will be sure to make known to any and all media outlets that if they dare to show this film on any of their networks, their sponsors will be boycotted and they will be punished for not towing the line.

MARK. MY. WORDS.

powerpickle on May 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Thank God that Capitalism is still alive and flourishing, for now.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Yes!!! Great news! Here’s to hoping they tell the Truth.

RI_Red on May 9, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Perhaps this movie will have a similar effect on abortion as Harriet Beecher Stowes’ “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had on slavery. Waking up the larger public from their sleep and have them face some stark reality.

Deano1952 on May 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

YAY!!! =D i am sooooo happy!! and i’m bragging here but not only did i donate twice, but i did make an effort to spread the word. i told my immediate family and got all three of them to donate. plus i spread the word multiple times, on both facebook and my most active website, deviantart.

i think the stretch goal is interesting in that it’s not about money, like other stretch goals i’ve seen in other campaigns. it’s about the number of people donating. i think that’s a smart idea because it makes every person feel like they matter.

I strongly support this movie. But my heart is heavy knowing that if the story was one of saving children from being aborted, it might not have made its goal.

No matter how noble we are, we still find horror stories more attractive than heart-warming stories.

It’s just part of the whole cursed-planet situation, I suppose.

platypus on May 9, 2014 at 12:58 PM

yeah, but the horror story will end up saving some people from abortion, i’m sure. so it’ll still have the same effect. horror stories are good because they punch people in the gut and help them wake up and face the truth.

Sachiko on May 9, 2014 at 1:17 PM

That’s great, but it’s all about DISTRIBUTION

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 12:45 PM

And getting theatre owners to show it.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

And getting theatre owners to show it.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Yup, that’s what I mean. I highly doubt theatrical release, but maybe, just maybe, it may make Netflix.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

okay so now the next step is trying to show the movie to as many people as possible, once it’s made. that is extremely important. i wish it were already made right now, lol.

Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry machine to ramp up Alinsky terror campaign of the producers, their friends and family in ….3…..2….1…..

Mark my words, the producers are brave folks but, by the logic of the pro-abort left, they and any of their friends and family members MUST BE DESTROYED! There will be an active and deliberate campaign of intimidation and sabotage. The left will be sure to make known to any and all media outlets that if they dare to show this film on any of their networks, their sponsors will be boycotted and they will be punished for not towing the line.

MARK. MY. WORDS.

powerpickle on May 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM

yep, all that is probably true, sadly. let’s pray for their safety.

also i have another prediction: the pro-aborts will try to make their own stupid movie. i don’t know what will happen in that movie but somehow it’ll make pro-lifers look bad. it’s the “war on women,” of course.

Perhaps this movie will have a similar effect on abortion as Harriet Beecher Stowes’ “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had on slavery. Waking up the larger public from their sleep and have them face some stark reality.

Deano1952 on May 9, 2014 at 1:16 PM

good point. one book made a huge difference. and one movie can also make a huge difference.

again i say, one day people will look back on abortion the same way we now look back on slavery, in shock and disgust that it was allowed to continue for so long.

Sachiko on May 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Great news.

Congratulations.

gwelf on May 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM

And getting theatre owners to show it.

Ward Cleaver on May 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Yup, that’s what I mean. I highly doubt theatrical release, but maybe, just maybe, it may make Netflix.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

When Ed had Anne McIlhenny on yesterday she indicated they are more focused on TV distribution as it would reach a lot more people.

gwelf on May 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Ultimately, micro-financing and crowd funding relies on the assumption and presumption of integrity and transparency on the part of those making the request. I understand your cynicism here given how ethically and morally bankrupt our society is, but if they (the producers) choose to waste the money donated, they will ultimately lose…

powerpickle on May 9, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.
 
Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

 
So you have experience directing and producing movies, or is this the standard “it’s wrong!” or “it’s icky!” bullsh*t?

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I challenge you to watch this and then tell me that you think that profit is their motive for making this movie.

It says a lot about you that you think that way.

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Yup, that’s what I mean. I highly doubt theatrical release, but maybe, just maybe, it may make Netflix.

John the Libertarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM

You mean there isn’t an FCC-enforced “net neutraility” law coming up for what gets shown in theatres? I mean, isn’t that supposed to help provide fair and evenhanded exposure of a spectrum of thoughts? Color me shocked…

Seriously, though, I’m proud to have contributed. The film will find viewers via DVD and online distribution. Not the numbers that the theatres could have generated, but it will get out there somehow. And the heavy-handed repression that it stimulates from the industry will also be noted, perhaps swaying some additional bystanders.

All told, a worthwhile and worthy project. Congratulations to all involved.

bofh on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Oh, sorry.
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rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM

So you have experience directing and producing movies, or is this the standard “it’s wrong!” or “it’s icky!” bullsh*t?

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Armin is scared that his second job of helping his brother in law clean dead babies out of the pipes in his abortion clinic drain might dry up.

cptacek on May 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

I wish I had checked out the website earlier. I didn’t realize they were offering a DVD for a 25 dollar donation. Setting up online pay accounts sucks (I’m paranoid, sorry) so I didn’t think it would be worth it, considering how little I could afford to donate. Well, now that is fixed. I wanted to give a buck to try and get over the symbolic line, found out I could get a DVD, and also happened to have some change on a pre-paid credit card. If I had known about the “prize list” I would have saved up 50 bucks for the two DVD package! Bummer.

Shame on me for not at least looking earlier, but why not try to entice smaller donations more prominently than saying “even a dollar will help”? Honest question. Does it sound too crass? If it has been mentioned, my bad.

Mord on May 9, 2014 at 1:39 PM

So you have experience directing and producing movies, or is this the standard “it’s wrong!” or “it’s icky!” bullsh*t?

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Where did I say it’s wrong or icky or that I have experience making films? Your post is a stupid non-sequitur.

I challenge you to watch this and then tell me that you think that profit is their motive for making this movie.

It says a lot about you that you think that way.

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

So are they working for free then? Any money they make from DVD sales or other methods of distribution will be donated to charity?

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Armin,you sound…concerned…

fortcoins on May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Not a very good day for the leftards.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

They can pay themselves anything they deem fit, slave.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM

…good!

KOOLAID2 on May 9, 2014 at 1:46 PM

So are they working for free then? Any money they make from DVD sales or other methods of distribution will be donated to charity?

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

It’s really none of your business, but laughing at your trolling is fun.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I hope Netflix picks this one up. What better way to distribute it?

koolbob on May 9, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Gosnell has so far raised $2.1m from over 23,000 contributors.

Good thing for context.

airupthere on May 9, 2014 at 1:50 PM

NetFlix, should and Will get demands to stream this movie. Do not discount their reach. I bet it is getting close to that of traditional movie theaters.

Could NetFlix support millions of people streaming the same movie at the same time as well as the “Movie theater Network” could though? Say, 20 million people on an opening Friday night at 8-10 PM? NetFlix doesn’t have the popcorn and candy revenue stream.

Mord on May 9, 2014 at 1:52 PM

armin: since when is making a profit bad? we are conservatives here. we don’t shame people for making profit. liberals do that. but everyone has to pay their bills, feed their families, buy food, and more.

we all know that you’re just mad because this movie makes the abortion industry look bad.

Sachiko on May 9, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Sounds like you don’t know how crowdfunding works.

If you paid at a certain level you get the actual things you paid for. You get the movie or other perks. It’s not a simple donation. You paid for something and you get it.

If they make a profit that’s even better. You think people who crowdfunded this project who got what they paid for are going to begrudge the filmmakers benefiting from any success that might come from the project? Nope.

gwelf on May 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

When Ed had Anne McIlhenny on yesterday she indicated they are more focused on TV distribution as it would reach a lot more people.

gwelf on May 9, 2014 at 1:23 PM

That is what I understood all along, that it would be shown on cable television.

Still, a great day. I cannot believe that the donations keep rolling in. Truly amazing.

Fallon on May 9, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.
 
Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

 
So you have experience directing and producing movies, or is this the standard “it’s wrong!” or “it’s icky!” bullsh*t?
 
rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:33 PM

 
Where did I say it’s wrong or icky or that I have experience making films? Your post is a stupid non-sequitur.
 
Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

 
For the win. From the
 

Video: Oregon commission orders stop on using dead babies to generate power

 
thread (a twofer, even):
 

I’d sure like to hear a meaningful objection to this instead of the standard “it’s wrong!” or “it’s icky!” bullsh*t.
 
Armin Tamzarian on April 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

 

I have no experience operating an animal shelter and I don’t especially care what they feed their dogs. Is that clear enough an answer for you?
 
Armin Tamzarian on April 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

 
(BTW Murphy9- That.)

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Our local conservative paper carried some of the Gosnell trial and I have read the grand jury report. It was the most sick, disgusting, true story I have ever read. The health services employees that were supposed to audit the clinic explained they never audited as required by law because that’s what they thought the Democrat administration wanted. Soon after Corbett was installed as Governor he fired and disciplined every person in the Health Services chain of command top to bottom that allowed this to happen. This was even after he was advised that many of the people involved were civil servants and the discipline may not stick. He said make them fight and sue.

justplainrick on May 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here. Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Only Hollywood is able to fund films virtuously for no profit and so on, we get it.

Akzed on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie? And if it somehow manages to turn a profit, where does that money go? Something to think about for the “crowdfunders” here.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I hope this movie makes a boatload of money and they get stinking rich off of it.

You do realize you are on a conservative site and as a rule we generally don’t mind people who make something people wish to spend money on get a taste of it.

You might want to hit one of the liberal sites for whining about people making money.

kim roy on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Any money they make from DVD sales or other methods of distribution will be donated to charity? Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Yeah just like your paycheck.

Akzed on May 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Awesome!

Where did I say…wrong or icky…

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Uh, right here…

I’d sure like to hear a meaningful objection to this instead of the standard “it’s wrong!” or “it’s icky!” bullsh*t.

Armin Tamzarian on April 24, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Armin, you’ve been “p0wned” by rogerb!

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

It was ok with you for Gosnell to make money of course. And his “colleagues.”

Akzed on May 9, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Now, it is important to begin lobbying HBO and other liberal enclaves to play it on their channels once it is out of theaters.

bartman231 on May 9, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I wonder what these “independent filmmakers” are paying themselves to direct and produce this movie?

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

…and is it more or less money than those demons who slaughtered babies for profit?

Listen little concern troll, unless you donated money, it doesn’t concern you. Personally, I hope they realize a great success in exposing the EVIL that this clinic did… then maybe more producers will start following the truth instead of covering up evil!

dominigan on May 9, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Awesome news. It will be very, very difficult to watch, but this movie needs to be made.

cat_owner on May 9, 2014 at 2:26 PM

(BTW Murphy9- That.)

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

I won’t waste any more words on you. You’re a fine example of the kind of idiot that this site seems to attract in bulk. You make asinine connections and inferences between things that have no logical relationship to each other, based on the most superficial of reasons (i.e. I once used the words “icky”, “wrong” and “experience” in a completely different context; therefore it applies here, because some reason). Good day.

I hope this movie makes a boatload of money and they get stinking rich off of it.

You do realize you are on a conservative site and as a rule we generally don’t mind people who make something people wish to spend money on get a taste of it.

You might want to hit one of the liberal sites for whining about people making money.

kim roy on May 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

You and the other mental defectives here are missing my point: it’s moronic to fund an apparently commercial venture and expect nothing in return.

Yeah just like your paycheck.

Akzed on May 9, 2014 at 2:04 PM

I don’t panhandle money from gullible idiots on the internet for my paycheck.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I was going to post this earlier but its my moms 81st birthday and I was out with her. This is such great news! I’m thrilled they can now make this important movie. Now I hope Fox News will show it so the nation sees it.

neyney on May 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

(BTW Murphy9- That.)
 
rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 1:59 PM

 
I won’t waste any more words on you.
 
Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

 
That’s the best part. You don’t need to.
 
Plus you just flee the thread when you realize what’s happened anyway.

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Take that kickstarter!

neyney on May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

You make asinine connections and inferences between things that have no logical relationship to each other, based on the most superficial of reasons (i.e. I once used the words “icky”, “wrong” and “experience” in a completely different context; therefore it applies here, because some reason). Good day.
 
Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

 
BTW, did anyone else have any problem seeing the connection?
 
Show of hands?

rogerb on May 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Sounds like someone is in need of a ‘time out’….

tanked59 on May 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

You and the other mental defectives here are missing my point: it’s moronic to fund an apparently commercial venture and expect nothing in return.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

1) Ad hominem attacks are an acknowledgement that you are losing the argument.

2) Your argument is defective.. I did receive something in return. The most important thing I received was the satisfaction of knowing that the truth will be told because tens of thousands of people joined together to ensure that the truth will be told. Of much less importance, I will also receive multiple DVD copies of two of their movies, which I want to see and share.

ITguy on May 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

which cable networks do you think might show this? I can see a netflix deal, I’ve seen a lot of crappy low budget horror movies on there.

brushingmyhair on May 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Nothing like child sacrifice to get the godless pagans whipped up.

Murphy9 on May 9, 2014 at 3:01 PM

1) Ad hominem attacks are an acknowledgement that you are losing the argument.

It’s not an ad hominem attack if it’s true. A significant number of people on this site really are mental defectives.

2) Your argument is defective.. I did receive something in return. The most important thing I received was the satisfaction of knowing that the truth will be told because tens of thousands of people joined together to ensure that the truth will be told. Of much less importance, I will also receive multiple DVD copies of two of their movies, which I want to see and share.

Right, and because I received a free T-shirt, some fruit juice, and warm fuzzy feelings of helping my fellow man the last time I gave blood, that means it was a mutual exchange of goods and not a donation. Of course, even this analogy doesn’t go far enough in demonstrating how ludicrous your argument is, since blood banks are not a nakedly commercial enterprise the way film production is. Your particular situation is more akin to working for free at McDonalds and then saying that you were duly compensated because they let you keep your hairnet.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM

“I am not sure why there is so much excitement over a movie based on a ‘local crime story’ that really doesn’t deserve national attention.”

Does that sound about right for the abortion holocaust deniers’ first line?

DublOh7 on May 9, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 3:06 PM

You know, abortion supporters should be first in line to stop clinics like this, if this clinic is not representative of the entire industry. If the Gosnell clinic is an aberration, pro-choice people should be even louder than pro-life people to get stuff like that stopped, just for the optics of the thing.

You are trying to bury something that is truly awful. Pro-life people know it is truly awful just because it is an abortion clinic. Every day the happenings in an abortion clinic is truly awful. But pro-choice people should be able to see that this guy is bad news for their side too.

cptacek on May 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Wow this movie is already getting the rabid leftists all riled up and it hasn’t even been made yet. I can’t wait to see their heads explode whenever it gets aired.

neyney on May 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Yes! I contributed twice. I hope and pray that they make a devastating indictment of abortion in the world…

NavyMustang on May 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

You and the other mental defectives here are missing my point: it’s moronic to fund an apparently commercial venture and expect nothing in return.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

We expect a movie. Which is the entire premise of this article, about producers crowdfunding, to MAKE A MOVIE!

Wow… and you call us “mental defectives”.

dominigan on May 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

You and the other mental defectives here are missing my point: it’s moronic to fund an apparently commercial venture and expect nothing in return.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

I’m curious; what kind of head on your rotorooter do you find works best in cleaning backed-up dead babies out of sewer systems?

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

You and the other mental defectives here are missing my point: it’s moronic to fund an apparently commercial venture and expect nothing in return.

Armin Tamzarian on May 9, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Yeah, we’re the dumb ones, says the guy who apparently has zero understanding of crowdfunding.

1. You do get something, as another poster pointed out; donating a certain amount gets you better and better swag. High levels of donations for movies often net you things like a role as an extra or a speaking role. Donating at the lowest levels usually lands you at least a DVD.

2. The thing you “get in return” is the project being made. That’s the entire point of crowdfunding, that producers of movies, video games, and technology can pitch directly to their target audience, people who have an interest in simply seeing the project exist. I know it’s “icky” because it’s an example of the free market, consumers directly deciding to back projects that interest them personally.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Right, and because I received a free T-shirt, some fruit juice, and warm fuzzy feelings of helping my fellow man the last time I gave blood, that means it was a mutual exchange of goods and not a donation.

Uh, yeah, that would be exactly what it means.

I give a crowdfunded project money. In return, they give me gifts and the existence of the product itself.

I pledged some money to Mighty No. 9 being made. In return, I’m going to get some awesome Inafune swag, and when the game gets made (which wouldn’t have happened without crowdfunding), I’m going to buy it. If everybody thought crowdfunding was a scam, it never would have been made, and I would be robbed of hours of enjoyment.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Uh, yeah, that would be exactly what it means.

I give a crowdfunded project money. In return, they give me gifts and the existence of the product itself.

I pledged some money to Mighty No. 9 being made. In return, I’m going to get some awesome Inafune swag, and when the game gets made (which wouldn’t have happened without crowdfunding), I’m going to buy it. If everybody thought crowdfunding was a scam, it never would have been made, and I would be robbed of hours of enjoyment.

Good Solid B-Plus on May 9, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Sounds a lot like the regular PBS donation drives where you phone in your contribution and in return you get a ball cap, or a DVD of some series, etc.

Just comparing it to something the proggies might understand…

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Dateline, August 15th, 2014: Man arrested for violently assaulting cast and crew of new movie “Gosnell.” He was dragged away screaming “How dare you do this? DOn’t you know that abortion is sacred? Help me Margaret Sanger, Amin needs you! Molech! I’ve slaughtered thousands for you, help me!!!!!!!”

Vanceone on May 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Vanceone on May 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

His sweetheart thuja will come to his rescue.

slickwillie2001 on May 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

One element of the abortion culture is ignoring what abortion really is. Don’t call it a baby, pretend it’s just like a tumor, use as many euphemisms as possible. The movie will do well for a crowd funded movie but will be ignored by the pro-abortion half of the population. They emotionally can’t deal with it’s reality.

jvermeer on May 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

It is a worthy cause, but the whole story is so awful that I don’t want to see the movie about it.

I close my eyes at violent parts of movies. I am always missing plot points because I closed my eyes until the gore was over.

I just don’t see myself watching this. I noticed my face is sore from the grimace I have on my face even writing this comment.

Ug. I just can’t face this issue. It is just too awful.

petunia on May 9, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Best $50 I ever spent…..

Xango Annie on May 10, 2014 at 12:46 AM