The filmmakers behind a movie portraying the horrific story of convicted baby killer and former abortionist, Kermit Gosnell, have released the official trailer.
In 2014, a grand jury report was released, accusing Gosnell of killing hundreds of newborns over several decades working as an abortionist in Philadelphia. Despite killing hundreds of infants (pre-birth and post-birth), Gosnell was only convicted on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter. The convicted murderer is currently serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The controversial movie, directed by actor Nick Searcy and starring Earl Billings as Gosnell, has had a rough ride to its eventual release. Now that the official trailer is out there, however, Searcy hopes some strong interest in the movie will be generated as it heads to the big screens.
“The trailer is excellent,” Searcy told Faithwire, “because it shows our movie for exactly what it is: a fast-paced crime/courtroom drama where we tell the story of how one of the worst serial murderers in American history was caught and convicted.”
Producers Phelim McAleer and Anne McElhinne have previously claimed that they found it difficult to set up business meetings in Hollywood due to the fact their film focused on the polarizing issue of abortion.
The official trailer for GOSNELL is here.
Show this to EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
Oct. 12th, in theatres everywhere. https://t.co/90QRzB9zT4
— Nick Searcy, INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) August 15, 2018
More recently, the judge presiding over Gosnell’s trial, Jeffrey Mineheart, sued to block the movie from being released, fearing he was portrayed as part of “Philadelphia’s liberal corrupt government.”
The lawsuit further contended that the writers and filmmakers portrayed Minehart “as a villain in their story of the righteous versus the wicked” when, in fact, he’s a “former prosecutor with an impeccable reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness.”
It went on to accuse the producers of “shamelessly exploiting for profit the morally divisive issue of abortion and the notoriety of the horrific Kermit Gosnell trial, which involved a Philadelphia abortion doctor who was found guilty of grisly mass murders of fully developed in-vitro infants, some of whom were born alive.”
The legal issue has since been resolved, and the producers are relieved that the full story of this horrific criminal will be told to the masses.
Gosnell was notoriously known for slicing the spinal cords of babies that were born alive and even keeping the feet of babies as “trophies” in his office.
“No matter what your stance is on abortion, you will have a more informed opinion after you see ‘Gosnell,’” Director Nick Searcy told The Hollywood Reporter.
Producer Anne McElhinney added that “it’s a story that needs to be told fairly,” noting that “the cover-up stops here.”
Sullivan predicted that Hollywood will be shellshocked by the gruesome tale that resulted in the death of hundreds of babies, and hopes that it will serve as a wake-up call to the liberal culture of pro-abortion activism that has engulfed entertainment industry. He added that the reception the film has received from Hollywood has been unsurprisingly cold.
“I’ve been on hard films before, but this one was particularly difficult,” Sullivan said. “Hollywood is afraid of this content. It’s a true story the media tried to ignore from the very beginning, so I wasn’t surprised to see Hollywood ignore us.”
Due to Hollywood’s lack of cooperation, and in order to raise the $2.3 million required to produce the film, the team put together an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign.
“’Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer’ was one of the most successfully crowdfunded films in history. It was an amazing experience for us,” the film’s producers shared on the movie’s website.
“Almost 30,000 people donated over $2.3m in 45 days,” the said. “When it ended it was the most successful crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo website. We want to thank all of our funders who helped make this project such a success. We literally could not have done it without you. This is your movie.”
(H/T: The Hollywood Reporter)