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Producers of “Gosnell” movie are planning an independent release to get around Hollywood’s blatant “coverup”

by | Nov 30, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

gosnellmovie94When last we wrote about “Gosnell,” a movie in the making about the West Philadelphia abortionist convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, co-producer Ann McElhinney was in Ireland as the key note speaker at the Pro Life Campaign National Conference. She’d also just penned an op-ed for the wildly pro-abortion Irish Times under the headline, “Making a film about abortion in the US opened my eyes: Listening to why people chose an abortion and what the procedure involved shocked me.”

What may be shocking Ms. McElhinney and her co-producer, husband Phelim McAleer, is that they are unable to find a distributor for their film about Kermit Gosnell. Or maybe the industry’s reluctance doesn’t shock them at all.

McAleer told Breitbart News’ Daniel Nussbaum “that a number of major studios and distributors have rejected the film, including several major streaming services.”

McElhinney

called it “laughable” that distributors would find the Gosnell film overly controversial, and pointed to recent films concerning abortion, including 2014’s Obvious Child and last year’s Grandma (for which actress Lily Tomlin received a Golden Globe nomination) as examples of Hollywood’s depiction of the issue.

McElhinney added that Gosnell producers made a conscious decision to aim for a PG-13 rating, eschewing some of the most graphic material in an attempt to make the film as accessible as possible.

McElhinney said she sees the reluctance of distributors as a continuation of the “media coverup of the case”– “they don’t want anything that asks difficult questions about abortion.”

No two ways around it, the film (and the accompanying book scheduled to come out this winter) squarely confronts the brutality of abortion in general, Gosnell’s sick and twisted abortion practice in particular.

His trial was filled with gut-wrenching testimony from former employees who candidly described how Gosnell would deliberately delivered late, late term babies alive and then kill them by severing their spinal cords. Prosecutors (as was the Grand Jury that investigated Gosnell) were persuaded there were probably hundreds of other similarly executed newborns but Gosnell had destroyed the records.

Karnamaya Mongar died at his abortion clinic. She died, according to prosecutors, when Gosnell’s unqualified staff gave her an overdose of Demerol and other pain killers in 2009. But at least one other woman also died following an abortion at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society abortion clinic.

Gosnell is currently in post-production, according to Nussbaum. Absent a distributor [Hollywood’s “blatant coverup,” they say], the producers say they are planning an independent release.

McAleer said test screenings of the film have scored “off the charts” and pointed to the film’s record-breaking crowdfunding haul — $2.2 million from more than 30,000 contributors — as proof that there is an audience for the story.

“This is one of the biggest crime sprees in American history,” McAleer said. “The book and movie will ensure that the coverup is ended and the truth will be known.”

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