New Media consumers know all about the Gosnell movie, a TV film which will capture the crimes committed by late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Those who read traditional media outlets may not have a clue that the crowdfunding campaign behind the film is shattering records and eclipsing those from big stars like Spike Lee.
So kudos to The Hollywood Reporter for covering the Gosnell movie’s successes as well as the filmmakers’ battle with Kickstarter.com. The industry publication also captured the filmmaker’s cheeky billboard taunting the web site for what it calls censorship, plain and simple.
A filmmaker who is raising $2.1 million for the making of a TV movie about abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell — in prison on multiple murder convictions — is claiming on a massive billboard near Kickstarter’s offices that, due to an alleged political bias, the crowdfunding company attempted to censor his project.
Phelim McAleer is co-producing the movie, called Gosnell, and had intended on using Kickstarter for his crowdfunding campaign, but switched to IndieGoGo at the last moment because, he says, Kickstarter was insisting on changes to the wording of his campaign and engaging in other delay tactics. In the end, Kickstarter approved the project but mandated, as it says is customary, that McAleer sign a document allowing the company to yank the project from its site if anything “objectionable” was added to its web presence.The billboard, which went up a half-mile from Kickstarter’s New York headquarters Wednesday, contains the text “Kicked out by Kickstarter” and, “To Kickstarter – We Say … ‘You Stink At Censorship!'”
Kickstarter.com CEO Yancey Strickler has repeatedly denied censorship was in play.