Planned Parenthood has forced the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas to cancel a pre-screening of a new film about abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell.
Filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney said the cancellation amounts to bullying.
They say they had scheduled a pre-screening of Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer for Saturday at the Hyatt. At the same time, the hotel also had scheduled a $400-a-plate Planned Parenthood fundraising gala that featured the abortion business’s former president Cecile Richards.
In Austin, the local Planned Parenthood is so afraid of people learning the truth about their industry that they bullied the local Hyatt into canceling a screening of the @GosnellMovie. Why? Because it coincided w/ PP's $400-a-plate fundraising gala. https://t.co/KUT3fRvrUc
— FRC (@FRCdc) September 27, 2018
“We paid a deposit and signed a contract, but they phoned on Monday and said they were cancelling for ‘security reasons,’” McAleer told Breitbart News in an email.
“For us this is a ‘Bullies Veto’ — the Hyatt is basically saying that they are going to cave to threats of violence from the Planned Parenthood side,” he explained. “We were happy to hold our event and never suggested interfering with the Planned Parenthood event.”
McAleer added that the Hyatt said it was sending the filmmakers a check for $1,000 “as compensation for the cancellation.”
“We view this as ‘blood money’ and will not accept it,” he said. “We intend to donate it to a group to buy tickets for Gosnell. They are caving to bullies and think $1000 will buy our silence.”
— Gosnell Movie (@GosnellMovie) September 26, 2018
— Gosnell Movie (@GosnellMovie) September 26, 2018
Gosnell was directed by Justified actor Nick Searcy, and stars actors Dean Cain, as the detective who ultimately secured the evidence that led to Gosnell’s conviction, and Earl Billings as Kermit Gosnell. The movie is due to open October 12 through GVN Releasing.
Cain recently appeared at the Values Voter Summit, presented by Family Research Council — a group the Southern Poverty Law Center has declared a “hate group.”
The actor told the Daily Caller he was attacked on his social media sites by LGBTQ activists.
“I noticed activity on my social media sites, where folks were complaining about me appearing at the Summit, complaining about the film, attacking me for my pro-life stance, attacking me for the views of the FRC (pro-life), attacking my career, etc … just another day on social media,” he said.
When Cain referred to the intolerance of the activists, the smear campaign against him intensified, and he was attacked as “homophobic” and as a “bigot,” he said.
I never blasted LGBT activists. Show me the quote. That’s a blatant lie. Irresponsible and lazy journalism. Retract. https://t.co/2FJ07rcK3h
— Dean Cain (@RealDeanCain) September 25, 2018
“Even though it was completely false that I was targeting or discussing specifically the LGBTQ community, it was very interesting to see the Twitter mob start making baseless accusations, and see the story reprinted over and over again in different digital publications as though it was fact,” he said. “It was guilt by association, guilt without evidence, and guilt without due process — a story becoming too familiar these days.”
McAleer and McElhinney produced Gosnell in 2014 with $2.3 million raised on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The film’s release, however, has suffered four years of obstacles.
The filmmakers thought they had a distribution deal last year but, as the Hollywood Reporter noted, Judge Jeffrey Minehart — who presided over Gosnell’s trial — sued to block the film’s release because he reportedly was fearful of being portrayed as a member of “Philadelphia’s liberal corrupt government.”
The movie’s title comes from the 2014 grand jury report that accused the Philadelphia-area abortionist of killing hundreds of newborns in his “house of horrors” clinic over several decades. Gosnell is now serving a life sentence for the murder of three infants – killed as he severed their spinal cords when they were born alive during abortion procedures – and for the involuntary manslaughter of a woman who died following a botched abortion. Additionally, Gosnell was also found guilty on most of the more than 200 counts of violations against Pennsylvania’s informed consent law.
The film also takes issue with government officials, the judiciary and the media for ignoring the trial.
During an interview with Breitbart News in January 2017, McAleer said, “The most shocking thing I found was how many people knew.”
“Health officials, doctors in emergency rooms who were seeing and fixing the results of his butchery – even the Philadelphia homicide department was notified,” he explained. “The National Abortion Federation was notified; there were trainee nurses passing through his house of horrors; the coroner’s office saw the bodies of the women and babies – and they all said nothing.”
“This is in Philadelphia, not a third world country or a rural backwater in America,” McAleer stressed. “It also shows the pointlessness of big government and regulations – they are never enforced when it is politically expedient.”